Dantons Tod


Camille Desmoulins, Danton and Hérault de Séchelles, who play cards with some ladies, including Julie, deliver the news that the Hebertists have been executed on Robespierre's orders. They ask Danton to talk to Robespierre personally in the Convention, but Danton does not want to know about it, although Robespierre is averse to him.
The crowd has picked up a young man and wants to hang him because she considers him an aristocrat, but he can save himself with a funny answer. The people laugh all the more as Simon and his wife abuse each other. Robespierre appears with his followers and calls upon the masses to destroy the national enemies. Danton can no longer control himself; Robespierre is to be justified. But the latter replies with excuses and later meets St. Just, who advises him to send Danton and his friends to the Guillotine.
Danton, who is currently in Camille's apartment, learns that the welfare committee has his arrest. Danton does not want to know anything about escape or hiding; He says goodbye to face his opponents.

Danton and his followers, including Desmoulins, who has trusted his old friend Robespierre, have been arrested and taken to jail. The hesitant crowd, just before Danton, has joined Robespierre's opinion. Lucile has gone mad because of her concern for her husband; She comes to the prison where she tries to calm Danton, and runs away without saying goodbye to Camille.
The tribunal, dominated by Robespierre and his followers, accuses Danton of having allied himself with fatherland enemies. Danton wants to defend himself, but is overwhelmed and prevented from talking by the president. The followers of Danton, who accused St. Just and Robespierre of the High Treason, and the partygoers Robespierre overthrow each other. The Jacobins are victorious; Danton and his friends are forcibly dragged to the dungeon.
Danton was condemned to death with his followers; They are brought to the guillotine, while the people cheer and applaud. The execution is quickly over, the executioners leave the station. Lucile enters the empty square and sits down, still insane, on the guillotine.

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May 2019

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The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll. It was also impacted by other major artists such as Moritz von Schwind, who painted the frescoes in the foyer, and the famous "Zauberflöten" (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda. Neither of the architects survived to see the opening of ‘their’ opera house: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide, and his friend Sicardsburg died of a stroke soon afterwards.


On May 25, 1869, the opera house solemnly opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The popularity of the building grew under the artistic influence of the first directors: Franz von Dingelstedt, Johann Herbeck, Franz Jauner, and Wilhelm Jahn. The Vienna opera experienced its first high point under the direction of Gustav Mahler. He completely transformed the outdated performance system, increased the precision and timing of the performances, and also utilized the experience of other noteworthy artists, such as Alfred Roller, for the formation of new stage aesthetics.


The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the opera house. Under the Nazis, many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.


On March 12, 1945, the opera house was devastated during a bombing, but on May 1, 1945, the “State Opera in the Volksoper” opened with a performance of Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. On October 6, 1945, the hastily restored “Theaters an der Wien” reopened with Beethoven's FIDELIO. For the next ten years the Vienna State Opera operated in two venues while the true headquarters was being rebuilt at a great expense.


The Secretary of State for Public Works, Julius Raab, announced on May 24, 1945, that reconstruction of the Vienna State Opera would begin immediately. Only the main facade, the grand staircase, and the Schwind Foyer had been spared from the bombs. On November 5, 1955, the Vienna State Opera reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology. Under the direction of Karl Böhm, Beethoven’s FIDELIO was brilliantly performed, and the opening ceremonies were broadcast by Austrian television. The whole world understood that life was beginning again for this country that had just regained its independence.


Today, the Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer since September 1, 2010.

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