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January 1970

Music drama in one act (1905)
Music by Richard Strauss, version by Eberhard Kloke
Libretto after Oscar Wilde's poem of the same name in German translation by Hedwig Lachmann


In German language with German surtitles
New production of the Theater an der Wien




The Spanish Netherlands is shaken by revolts against the reign of Philip II. Some people have joined the new Protestant faith, demanding freedom of religion and greater independence for their country. Spain's governor, Philipp's half-sister Margarete of Parma, keeps trying to find compromises and reassure the country. In her the Dutch nobles hope to have an ally for a diplomatic solution. Prince Egmont von Gaure, in particular, is one of those who, with her help, wants to negotiate a just peace that is satisfactory for the Netherlands and Spain. He hopes to finally start a life together with his lover Clara. Since Margarete is very fond of Egmont, it seems quite possible to him to be able to influence politics. Philip II, however, wishes to maintain the hard course, more independence of the Netherlands and even freedom of religion are out of the question for him. However, he himself does not show himself in the crisis-ridden provinces, but sends the mercilessly known Duke of Alba to his sister, he should end tactics and create peace by force of arms. Egmont may not believe that Philip is so unyielding, he sees the source of all brutality only in Alba, the king could certainly be talked to, one would face him personally. Clara is less idealistic, she advises the lover to flee, which Egmont rejects. He feels no danger for himself, after all he is Margarete's protégé. But it soon becomes clear how futile this is: Alba has Margarete murdered secretly. Now no one stands against his mercilessness any more, and he arrests the careless Egmont. In this situation, the prisoner and Clara can only hope for help from Albas son Ferdinand, because he is fascinated by Egmont's ideas of freedom. The young man must now decide whether he wants to pave the way for freedom or ruthlessly assert his own career - will he interrupt the cycle of oppression and exploitation for the sake of maintaining power or will he only continue to drive it forward?

Program and cast

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About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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