28th Festival 2018


Fringe programme

Friday, 09. November // 3.00 – ca. 6.45 p.m.

From 14 years

Passage Kinos

Free entry
Free reservation tickets


ARTE-film

In cooperation with 


»Oberon, König der Elfen«
(»Oberon, or the elf king’s oath«)

Romantic opera of fairies by Carl Maria von Weber


Opera »Oberon, König der Elfen«


Libretto: James Robinson Planché, German translation: Theodor Hell
Musical direction: Ivor Bolton / Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Staging and puppets: Nikolaus Habjan

Cast: Julian Prégardien (Oberon), Alyona Abramowa (Titania / Puck), Annette Dasch (Rezia),
Brenden Gunnell (Hüon von Bordeaux), Rachel Wilson (Fatime), Johannes Kammler (Scherasmin) and others

Première: 21.07.2017, Münchner Opernfestspiele, Prinzregententheater
Television direction: Andy Sommer
ARTE / ZDF / Bel Air Media / Bayerische Staatsoper 2017 // Duration: 178 minutes

Introduction and discussion: Nikolaus Habjan, Wien, and Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, euro-scene Leipzig



Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) is, above all, famous for his opera »Der Freischütz« (»The marksman«, 1821). The world première of »Oberon« was in London in 1826. In his first work in Munich, the Austrian director Nikolaus Habjan implemented puppets as a poetic romantic element. He created a masterly melange of fairy tale magic and a modern research spirit.

The opera »Oberon, König der Elfen« (»Oberon, or the elf king’s oath«) places an entertaining and highly dramatic story on stage: the king of the elves Oberon and his queen Titania argue about whether men or women are more fickle. With Hüon and Rezia, Puck finds a human couple for this test.