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Elegy for Young Lovers
PREMIERE5/20/1961 — Schlosstheater Schwetzingen
COMPOSERHans Werner Henze   
LIBRETTISTSChester Kallman   W.H. Auden   
Opera Philadelphia
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DATETIMELOCATION
3/03/2012--Philadelphia, PA
3/16/2012--Philadelphia, PA
3/18/2012--Philadelphia, PA
Synopsis
The opera is set in an inn called Der Schwarze Adler in the Austrian Alps in 1910. The plot is centred on a poet, Gregor Mittenhofer, who manipulates the people in the inn to provide inspiration to his work, his faithful secretary, his doctor, his young "muse" Elisabeth and a hysterical woman who lost her husband to the mountains decades before and has visions.[6][7] When a young man arrives who attracts Elisabeth, Mittenhofer lets her go but does not act to prevent the young lovers' death in a snowstorm in the mountains, using the tragedy as the inspiration for a final "Elegie" of pure music, sung without words.
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This work ranks as the #274 most produced North American title since 2000.
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