photos: Tom Woolner
Opera scenes from Emilio de Cavalieris La Pellegrina, Antonio Cestis Il pomo d’oro and Orontea, Francesco Cavallis Serse and Il Giasone, Alessandro Stradellas San Giovanni Battista, ballet music by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer & Antonio Centi.
For “Tanz des Lebens” (engl. dance of life), the 2017 Styriarte summer festival, a fantastic endeavour was undertaken, the realisation of La Margarita, a baroque pastiche* opera with dancing horses. The inspiration was the historic horse ballet, from 1667 under emperor Leopold in Vienna. The setting for this revival of a forgotten art form, was the baroque castle Schielleiten and its surrounding gardens. Visitors were invited to enjoy a festival for all their senses, an afternoon of musical events and happenings around the castle grounds as well as the final opera spectacle in the evening.
Julla von Landsberg – soprano as La musica
Flavio Ferri-Benedetti – countertenor as Herkules
Daniel Johannsen – tenor as Kaiser Leopold I
Jochen Kupfer – baritone as Hesperos
Neue Hofkapelle Graz
Trompetenconsort Innsbruck, direction: Andreas Lackner
Thomas Höft – chamberlain and stage production
Michael Hell – harpsichord & musical direction
Lilli Hartmann – set design and costumes
Epona – Spanish Equestrian School Hungary
Dorottya Borsó – choreography
Filmed excerpt of the event: