Opera productions

Treasures from the region's cultural heritage

Ars Augusta eV is based in the European city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec, between Poland and Germany and in a European cultural region with a rich past: Bohemia, Silesia and, above all, Saxony. Much of these treasures from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, but also from the 19th and 20th centuries, have been lost or forgotten. In the past few years we have had the pleasure of rediscovering some of these operas and the journey continues:

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Antonio Lottie  |  GIOVE IN ARGO

The first performance of the opera took place in 2019 (300 years after the premiere during the Planetary Festival (Dresden 1719) in the Theater "Henryk Wieniawski" in Szczawno Zdrój in Polen and in the Palais im Großer Garten in Dresden (September 2019). The opera was performed again in 2020 in Gerhart Hauptmann Theater, sponsored by Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik eV, Kaufhaus Görlitz, Sparkasse Oberlausitz-Lower Silesia.  More:

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Antonio Bioni  |  ISSIPILE

The first performance in modern times of the opera in three acts "Issipile" (libretto: Pietro Metastasio) by the Venetian Antonio Bioni (1698-1741), court composer of the opera in Wroclaw, took place in 2021 in collaboration with the opera in the castle of Szczecin. Eleni Ioannidou is responsible for transcribing the score from the archive of the Association of Friends of Music in Vienna and selecting the artists.  The opera was filmed in Willa Lentz in Stettin. The project was mainly funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture. More:

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Max Marshall  |  THE IMPERIAL

The mono-act by Max Marschalk (1863-1940) "Das Wichtelchen" was written in 1900 and combines the elements of naturalism and fairytale theater. It is the first and only performance of a work by the composer from among the brothers Carl and Gerhart Hauptmann. The opera was performed and filmed with piano accompaniment in the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus Municipal Museum in the Giant Mountains. The project was funded by the representative for culture and media in the Silesian Museum in Görlitz (cultural department for Silesia).

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current project

Johann Christoph Richter & JA Hasse 
IL RE PASTORE

In search of material that could promote cultural understanding in the region, we discovered two settings of Metastasio's libretto "il Re  Pastore": one by JAHasse premiered in Hubertusburg 1955 and Warsaw 1762. In the same year the unknown Dresden composer Johann Christoph Richter wrote the same opera in German.  Supported by the Performing Arts Fund from funds provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR , we are studying Richter's opera. As part of a workshop for young musicians, we will present scenes from the opera in September.  Project funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media based on a resolution of the German Bundestag