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Since classical antiquity, with Plato’s Phaedrus at the apex, artists and intellectuals have pursued the canon of ideal beauty. In the nineteenth century, Thomas Mann gave expression to his preoccupations in this regard in the Death in Venice. Immersed in a deep creative void, the writer Gustav Aschenbach struggled between Apollonian forces and Dionysian passion. The catalyst will be the teenager Tadzio, who he meets on his last trip to a decadent Venice ravaged by a cholera epidemic, foreshadowing the collapse of a world that will never return (the book was published in 1912). In his last opera, with a musical universe of colours and textures, Benjamin Britten, the great heir to Purcell, portrays the protagonist’s existential and aesthetic crisis over 17 scenes in which a tortured inner monologue unfolds. The stylised staging by Willy Decker, who describes the piece as “fascinating, full of ambiguity and misunderstandings”, underlines the intellectual and erotic tension that consumes the protagonist, highlighting his most dreamy side.


Opera in two acts and 17 scenes
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, based on Thomas Mann´s novella Der Tod in Venedig (1912)
New production in Teatro Real
Production of Teatro Real, in coproduction with Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona

Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra
(Coro Intemezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

The perfomance of December 17th is sponsored by:

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Alejo Pérez
  • Stage director: Willy Decker
  • Set designer: Wolfgang Gussmann
  • Costume designer: Wolfgang Gussmann, Susana Mendoza
  • Lighting designer: Hans Toelstede
  • Choreographer: Athol Farmer
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Gustav von Aschenbach: John Daszak
  • The Traveller: Leigh Melrose
  • The voice of Apolo: Anthony Roth Costanzo
  • Waiter: Duncan Rock
  • Tadzio: Tomasz Borczyk / Alejandro Pau
  • Cadging: Itxaro Mentxaka
  • Concierge: Vicente Ombuena
  • Crystal merchant: Antonio Lozano
  • Waiter: Damián del Castillo
  • Vendedora de encaje: Nuria García Arrés
  • Strawberry seller. Newspaper seller: Ruth Iniesta
  • Other characters: Debora Abramowicz
    Miriam Montero
    Alexander González
    Rubén Belmonte
    Elier Muñoz
    Sebastián Covarrubias
    Vasco Fracanzani
    Igor Tsenkman
    Ivaylo Ognianov
    José Alberto García
    Enrique Lacárcel
    Paula Iragorri
    Ohiane González de Viñaspre
    Adela López
    Legipsy Álvarez
    Esther González
    José Carlo Marino
    Oxana Arabadzhieva
    Álvaro Vallejo
    Carlos Carzoglio

Performance Dates

  • 4 DEC (T) 21:00h
  • 7 DEC (S) 19:00h
  • 11 DEC (T) 21:00h
  • 14 DEC (S) 19:00h
  • 17 DEC (W) 21:00h
  • 19 DEC (F) 21:00h
  • 23 DEC (T) 21:00h
  • Place: Main Auditorium

Approximate running time

I Part: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Pause: 30 minutes
II Part: 1 hour and 5 minutes

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Programme of show

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