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Adonis

Opera in three acts by Johann Sigismund Kusser

Winter in Schwetzingen
Winter in Schwetzingen
Musical Theatre
Rokokotheater Schwetzingen
Based on the libretto »Gl’inganni di Cupido« by Flaminio Parisetti

It’s all Cupid’s fault. He shoots his arrows at random and doesn’t just make people fall in love but also causes a lot of chaos and confusion. He takes commissions even those that don't exactly have a noble cause. When his arrows hit Venus, the goddess of love herself, and Adonis, the divine incarnation of beauty, the drama runs its course.

Johann Sigismund Kusser was among the first cosmopolitans of the music and theatre world. Born in Bratislava in 1660, he spent his late teens in Stuttgart and studied with Jean-Baptiste Lully in Paris and Versailles. Italy, different musical centres in Germany, as well as London and Dublin influenced his special sound language, combining the French and the Italian style. He had a major impact on the generation of composers following him, among them Reinhard Keiser, Georg Philipp Telemann and Georg Friedrich Händel. »Adonis« premiered at Stuttgart’s court in the season of 1699/1700.

Musical Direction
Jörg Halubek
Direction
Stage Design and Costumes
Stefan Rieckhoff
Lighting Design
Dramaturgy
Adonis
Jonas Müller
Apollo
Rémy Brès-Feuillet
Pallas
Zuzana Petrasová
Director of Studies
Hanna Klose
Musical Rehearsals
Hanna Klose, Manon Parmentier, Nanami Yamane
Production Management
Sina Schecker
Direction Assistant
Sergei Morozov
Assistant Stage Design
Chris Koch
Assistant Costumes
Ludmila Schopka

The production of the decorative parts is carried out in the workshops of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg.

A complete list of all employees of the technical departments involved can be found here.