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Henze's opera Der Prinz von Homburg (The Prince of Homburg) premiered in 1960. The action pits the crushing 17th-century discipline of Prussian military society against the aspirational dreams of the Prince; Henze's score responds with his hallmark blend of serial and tonal styles.

This production from the Staatsoper Stuttgart could not be in better hands than conductor Cornelius Meister's, musical director of the opera house since 2018, when he was also named Conductor of the Year in the Opus Klassik awards.

HENZE, H.W.: Prinz von Homburg (Der) [Opera]
Capriccio C5405
Hans-Werner HENZE (1926–2012)
Der Prinz von Homburg
Opera in three Acts after the play by Heinrich von Kleist (1960)
Libretto by Ingeborg Bachmann
Revised Version of 1991

Štefan Margita • Helene Schneiderman
Vera-Lotte Böcker • Robin Adams
Michael Ebbecke • Friedemann Röhlig • Moritz Kallenberg
Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Cornelius Meister, Conductor

The glowing intensity and sensitive musical interpretation of the work by Cornelius Meister and the Stuttgart State Orchestra is outstanding ... With his high baritone, Robin Adams impresses as the Prince of Homburg ...’ – Online Merker

‘[Cornelius Meister's] total command of the score might have been the most impressive contribution to the evening, but he was supported by a superb cast of actor-singers.’ – Anthony Ogus, critic

Listen to an extract from Act I, Scene 3:
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About the Artists
Tenor Štefan Margita has performed in opera productions around the world, including guest appearances as Loge (Das Rheingold) under Donald Runnicles in San Francisco, under Kent Nagano at the Bavarian State Opera, Hartmut Haenchen in Amsterdam and at the Met in New York. In the 2018/19 season, he sang the role of Filka Morozow (The House of the Dead) at the Opéra Lyon and at La Monnaie in Brussels.
Mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman was born in New Jersey, USA. She studied in Princeton and Cincinnati. Since 1984, she has been an ensemble member of the Stuttgart State Opera and in 1998 she was appointed Kammersängerin. She has made many international guest appearances, including at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016/17) and The Met (2017).
Soprano Vera-Lotte Böcker was awarded the First Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize at the 2015 Vokal genial Competition in Munich. From 2014 to 2017 she was an ensemble member of the National Theatre in Mannheim, and since the 2017–18 season has been an ensemble member of the Comic Opera in Berlin. In 2016, she made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera; in 2017 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow; and in 2018 at the Salzburg Festival.
Baritone Robin Adams has made guest appearances throughout Europe and in the US. In 2011, he made his debut at La Scala in Milan as Vicomte de Valmont in the premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Quartett; he recently sang the title role in John Adams’ Nixon in China in a concert performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and in the 2017/18 season he took the role of Prior Walter in Péter Eötvös' Angels in America at Freiburg Theatre.
Baritone Michael Ebbecke has been an ensemble member of the Stuttgart State Opera since 1985, and in 1998 he was appointed Kammersänger. His guest appearances have taken him to Buenos Aires, Geneva, Lisbon, Prague, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Vienna, Düsseldorf, Zürich and Palermo. In 2019/20, he will perform The Magician Celio (The Love for Three Oranges), Ottokar (Der Freischütz) and Field Marshal Dörfling (Der Prinz von Homburg) at the Stuttgart State Opera.
Bass Friedemann Röhlig has made guest appearances at major opera houses and festivals throughout Europe. His extensive repertoire includes the major bass roles by Mozart and Beethoven. He is a professor of singing at the academy of music in Karlsruhe and in the 2019/20 season he will appear at the Stuttgart State Opera as Kaspar in Der Freischütz, Colonel Kottwitz in Der Prinz von Homburg, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and Warlaam in Boris Godunov.
Tenor Moritz Kallenberg studied singing with Reginaldo Pinheiro at the music academy in Freiburg and at the conservatory in Florence. He has made guest appearances at Freiburg City Theatre since 2012; and in 2014 and 2015 he was a soloist at the Berlin Philharmonic's Easter Festival in Baden Baden, appearing in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier under Sir Simon Rattle. He became a member of the ensemble of Stuttgart Opera as from the 2019/20 season.
Cornelius Meister began his tenure as music director of the Staatsoper und Staatsorchester Stuttgart in 2018. From 2017 to 2020 he was also principal guest conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His recent awards include an OPUS Klassik Conductor of the Year award; the International Classical Music Awards' citation of Best Symphonic Recording for his recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s complete symphonies; and a Diapason d’or and the German Record Critics’ award for the DVD of Jules Massenet's Werther, a production of the Opernhaus Zürich.
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