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ANTIGONE. Oper in 3 Akten nach dem Schauspiel von
Sophokles

Composer: Lobanov, Vassily
Lyricists: Parin, Alexej
Playing time: 150:00
Opus/Year: 51 (1985-87)
Genre: Opera
Instrumentation: 3(Picc),3(EnglHorn),3(Es-Klar,BKlar),3(KFag) 4,3,3,1 Schl (Pk, Trgl, Holzbl, 4 Bongos, Tamb, kl.Tr, gr.Tr, Bk, Tam-t, Gl, Glsp, Xyl, Vibr), Git, Harfe, Klav, Cel, Streicher
Premiere performance: 19.12.1989 / D

Content:

After the death of Oedipus, a bloody battle over the city of Thebes breaks out between his sons Eteokles and Polyneikes, who both die. The aldermen designate Creon as the new king. Following the advice of the eldest, he decides to bury Eteokles, the defendant of Thebes, with the honour due to him, but not to go through with the burial rites for Polyneikes, the attacker.
Antigone and Ismene, also children of Oedipus, are dismayed over Creons decision, especially Antigone, who is engaged to Creons son Haimon. She decides to bury her brother Polyneikes herself. While the Thebans carry out the royal burial ceremony for Eteokles, Antigone mourns for Polyneikes and strews dust over his corpse. The aldermen accuse Antigone before the King and demand her death. Deeply dismayed, Creon ponders a way out of his dilemma. Antigone meanwhile remains true to her conviction Creon urges her to flee with him, in vain. Under the massive pressure of the Thebans, Creon orders Antigone to withdraw into a cave and drink from a goblet full of poison. The blind seer Teiresias warns against making this decision.
Antigone bids farewell to her life. In a vision, she dances marriage ring-dances with other boys and girls. Haimon will marry Ismene, Creon appears in Antigones vision as a brilliant warrior from afar and takes her to be his wife. Women in black prepare the poison and hand the goblet to Antigone, who drinks it up. Teiresias finally leads her soul into Elysium. Crying in desperation, Creon, Haimon and Ismene remain behind. The Thebans beg Creon not to leave.

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