Composer Ottorino Respighi / Carl Orff. Libretto by Claudio Guastella, Reduced version by Richard Whilds (2024) / Libretto by the composer based on the eponymous fairy-tale by the Brothers Grimm, Reduced version Takénori Némoto (2007).

Un atto in tre momenti / A little Theatre of the World

premiere of the opera studio

recommended from 14 years and older

In Italian and German. With German supertitles. New Production.

Introductions take place one hour before each performance (except on the evening of the premiere on 24.4.24) on the 1st tier in the Blue Foyer.


Together with the conductor Ustina Dubitsky and the singers of the Opera Studio, the Ukrainian director Tamara Trunova sets out in the context of the new production of the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper to search for the synergies, parallels and differences of two brilliant short operas that take us to the core of human coexistence and social (dis)order. Carl Orff's Der Mond and Ottorino Respighi's Lucrezia initially seem quite different on a textual and musical level. Der Mond is based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, while the plot of Respighi's opera is based on a Roman tradition and several literary adaptations of this material. Nevertheless, there are certainly thematic and dramaturgical similarities in the two pieces, which were written almost simultaneously in the 1930s. In both works, characters not involved in the plot present us with the events: In Der Mond it is a narrator, in Lucrezia La Voce, a voice from the orchestra pit, who tell of a world in turmoil and the attempt to restore order and reorder conditions, respectively. In Orff's "little world theater" the moon is stolen and ends up in the underworld. It is only through Peter's intervention that it returns to the heavens, and from here it can once again shine for all. In Respighi's one-act opera, we find ourselves in ancient Rome in a time of decadence and tyranny by the Etruscan family of the Tarquinians. Lucretia, the wife of the general Collatinus, famous for her beauty and virtue, is raped by the tyrant's son Sextus Tarquinius and subsequently commits suicide. Brutus, a friend of her husband, avenges her, frees Rome from tyranny, and Rome becomes a republic. The way for a better future seems free ...