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Henze’s astonishing final opera is a rhapsodic re-imagining of a classical tragedy.

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Wed 15 May - Mon 20 May, 7.45pm

Runtime: 1h 45m

About Phaedra

Phaedra’s desire for her step-son Hippolytus (Hippolyt) fills her with self-loathing and so she attempts suicide. Aphrodite stops her, though she is jealous of Hippolyt’s love for Artemis. Phaedra confesses her feelings to Hippolyt but he pushes her away. She swears vengeance, and writes to Theseus, falsely accusing Hippolyt of rape. Theseus asks for Poseidon’s help to kill Hippolyt and Poseidon does so through a chariot accident. Phaedra hangs herself. Artemis brings Hippolyt back to life, locks him in a cage and gives him a new name, Virbius. Phaedra's spirit mocks him. Aphrodite attempts to take him to the underworld, but Artemis catches him and throws him into a cave. Phaedra's spirit attempts to lure him to the underworld, but instead he rushes from the cave, and is resurrected as King of the Woods. This production, directed by Noa Naamat, is brought to life by The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists, with Edmund Whitehead conducting Southbank Sinfonia in a score that brims with emotion and brilliance.