Today, the Salzburg Festival presents the world première of Der Gesang der Zauberinsel, oder : wie der Rasende Roland wieder zu Verstand kam, a youth opera composed by Marius Felix Lange, with a libretto based on Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso.
It is the composer's seventh opera for young audience, after Schneewittchen (2011), Das Gespenst von Canterville (2013), Die Schneekönigin (2016) and Krieg (2018), among others.
Angelika, the daughter of the composer Roland Angeler, is given a part in her father’s new opera. When Mirza, one of the other singers, mysteriously disappears, she goes in search of him. She is helped by the warrior Bradamante, who seems to hail from a long time ago. Together they ride to Alcina’s enchanted island on a hippogriff, a legendary flying creature that is part horse and part eagle. There, things get completely out of hand — and only a trip to the moon can help to resolve the chaos. (reproduced from the Salzburg Festival website)The cast consists of members of the Young Singers Project : soprano Sarah Shine (Angelika), bass-baritone Joel Allison (Roland Angeler), soprano Joanna Kedzior (Alcina), tenor James Ley (Ruggiero), mezzo Carmen Artaza (Bradamante) and baritone Benson Wilson (Mirza / Medoro). Ben Glassberg conducts the Salzburg Orchestra Soloists. Andreas Weirich directs.
The venue is the Great Hall of the University.