The heroic-romantic opera “Fierrabras” of 1823 is the last of Franz Schubert’s fifteen stage works. Still seldom performed to this day, this masterwork has been staged for the first time ever at the Salzburg Festival by master director Peter Stein in a brilliant performance. Based on an old French twelfth-century heroic epic, the plot depicts the military conflict between Christians and Moors at the time of Charlemagne. Emma, the Christian emperor’s daughter, becomes engaged against her
father’s wishes with the knight Eginhard, who is not equal to her in social status. She has an admirer, Fierrabras, the eponymous hero and son of the prince of the Moors. After a monumental battle, the taking of prisoners and scenes from a military court, grandiose marches and victory celebrations,
the noble Moor Fierrabras renounces his suit, which brings peace to the warring factions and happiness for the lovers. Presented also in the highest vocal quality, including the “marvellously
expressive miracle Dorothea Röschmann” (Die Zeit). Not to mention “Michael Schade who exudes his exceptional tenor in Fierrabras’s heroic arias” (Der neue Merker).