Today, the Theater Regensburg presents the world première of Elizabetta, an opera composed by Gabriel Prokofiev, with a libretto by David Pountney inspired by the life of 'Blood Countess' Elizabeth Bathory.
It is the composer's second opera after The Ghost of Gunby Hall (Skegness, 2012).
Elizabetta is a beautiful, famous and successful woman. But Elizabetta is scared. The sought-after film actress fears the age more than death. When her lover and doctor one day tells her of the rejuvenating power of the blood, it soon becomes clear how far Elizabetta is ready to go for eternal youth. (freely adapted from the Theater Regensburg website)The cast includes mezzo Vera Semieniuk (Elizabetta), soprano Sara-Maria Saalmann (Anna), baritone Adam Kruzel (Doctor), tenor Angelo Pollak (Reporter) and soprano Ayumi Futagawa (Conference manager). Chin-Chao Lin conducts the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Chorus. Marcus Lobbes directs.
The venue is the Theater am Bismarckplatz. The performance should last about 2 hours and 15 minutes, including the interval.