Die toten Augen

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Die toten Augen (or The Dead Eyes) is an opera (called a Bühnendichtung or 'stage poem' by the composer) with a prologue and one act by Eugen d'Albert to a libretto in German by Hanns Heinz Ewers and Marc Henry (Achille Georges d'Ailly-Vaucheret) after Henry's own 1897 play Les yeux morts.

Performance History[edit]

Die toten Augen was first performed on 5 March 1916 at the Hofoper in Dresden under Fritz Reiner.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 5 March 1916
(Conductor: Fritz Reiner)
Arcesius, Roman envoy to Jerusalem baritone Friedrich Plaschke
Myrtocle, his blind wife soprano Helena Forti
Aurelius Galba, a Roman captain tenor Curt Taucher
Arsinoe, Myrtocle's slave mezzo-soprano Grete Merrem-Nikisch
Ktesiphar, an Egyptian doctor tenor Robert Büssel
Jesus tenor
Mary Magdalen contralto Anka Horvat
Shepherd tenor
Shepherd boy soprano
Reaper baritone
Rebecca, a Jewish woman soprano
Ruth, a Jewish woman soprano
Esther, a Jewish woman soprano
Sarah, a Jewish woman soprano
A sick woman soprano
Arcesius' male and female slaves, reapers etc.


Set in Biblical times, Die toten Augen is a tragic drama involving a Roman envoy called Arcesius, his beautiful but blind wife Myrtocle and Aurelius Galba, a handsome Roman captain.



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