Fierrabras of 1823 is the last of Franz Schubert’s stage works. Rarely performed to this day, this heroic-romantic opera has now been staged for the first time ever at the Salzburg Festival by famous director Peter Stein. Based on an old French 12th-century epic, the plot depicts the military conflict between Christians and Moors at the time of Charlemagne as a backdrop to stories of love and friendship that prove to be stronger than war and hatred of otherness.
The strong cast includes Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, and Benjamin Bernheim. Under the energetic baton of lngo Metzmacher, the Vienna Philharmonic unfold the melos, the poetry, the sweetness and the dramatic force of Schuberts highly refined and atmospheric sound worlds (Kleine Zeitung) in highly romantic fashion.