Wagner's 'Das Liebesverbot' from Madrid

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wagner's 'Das Liebesverbot' from Madrid's Teatro Real. Wagner's 'Das Liebesverbot' from Madrid's Teatro Real. (Javier del Real)

Wagner called his second opera, Das Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love) the sin of my youth. Based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, the work is surprisingly lighthearted for this rather serious composer. (Wagner's only other opera that might be considered a comedy is Die Meistersinger). But unlike Die Meistersinger, which celebrates the triumph of German art and culture, Das Liebesverbot owes much to Italian and French influences.

The opera begins as Friederich, a German viceroy put in charge of Palermo, instates a ban on pleasure, including all displays of affection, in the city. A nobleman, Claudio; an innkeeper, Danieli; and the inn's barmaid, Dorella, have all been arrested for breaking the new law. To free Claudio, his friend and sister together create a plan to free the imprisoned trio and overturn the absurd ban. Lisa Simeone hosts the program, broadcast from the Teatro Real in Madrid.

World of Opera airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.


Isabella: Manuela Uhl (soprano)
Friederich: Christopher Maltmann (baritone)
Mariana: María Miró (soprano)
Claudio: Ilker Arcayürek (tenor)
Dorella: María Hinojosa (sorano)
Luzio: Peter Lodahl (tenor)
Brighella: Ante Jerkunica (bass)
Pontio: Francisco Vas (tenor)
Danieli: Isaac Galàn (bass)

Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus
Ivor Bolton, conductor

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