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performances cancelled!

According to the new COVID-19 Emergency Measures Ordinance, all events are prohibited until further notice.

The performances of Belisario, which were scheduled from February 16 to February 27, 2021, can therefore unfortunately do not take place. We ask for your patience and our ticket office will contact you as soon as possible with further information about your tickets.

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Tragedia lirica in three acts (1836)

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano

In Italian with German surtitles

New production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 7 pm

Performances: 18 / 20 / 23 / 25 / 27  February 2021, 7 pm

Introduction matinée: Sunday, 14 February 2021, 11 pm


General Belisario returns victorious to Byzantium. Emperor Giustiniano receives him with honour and allows him to do with his prisoners as he wishes. Belisario lets them all go free. One of them, the young Alamiro, has become strangely attached to the general and wants to stay with him. However, honour is not the only thing awaiting Belisario at home: he and his wife Antonina had two children, a son Alessi and a daughter Irene. As a little boy, Alessi disappeared one day, never to be seen again. While her husband was away, Antonina learned something terrible: Belisario himself had arranged for the boy to disappear because in a dream he had seen that his son could one day rise up against Byzantium. However, the servant he had instructed to carry out the deed had not killed the boy; instead he had secretly abandoned him. Antonina wants revenge on her husband and, together with her lover Eutropio, has devised a plot to show the emperor that Belisario is a traitor with the aid of fake letters. The plan succeeds: Giustiniano, having just bestowed the highest honours on Belisario, has the general’s eyes put out and exiles him. Irene, horrified and filled with pity, resolves to be her blind father’s guide from now on and leaves with him. In the mountains they come across foreign troops on their way to attack Byzantium. They are led by Alamiro. Despite Giustiniano’s unjust treatment of him, Belisario still feels solidarity with Byzantium and convinces Alamiro to have no part in the war. An item of jewellery reveals that Alamiro is in fact Belisario’s long-lost son Alessi. The joy that father, son and daughter feel at their reunion is short-lived: Belisario is wounded as the fighting begins. He is brought to the emperor in Byzantium where Antonina, racked with guilt, has confessed her plot to Giustiniano. Appalled, the emperor sentences her to death. Her last wish is to be allowed to ask her husband for forgiveness. The dying Belisario is carried in. Antonina kneels beside him and begs his forgiveness, but Belisario dies before he can say a single word to his wife. The emperor takes Irene and Alessi under his protection.



Oksana Lyniv

Director / Set & costume design

Nigel Lowery

Light design

Lothar Baumgarte


Ute Haferburg


Roberto Frontali

Antonia, seine Frau

Carmela Remigio

Irene, ihre Tochter

Iryna Zhytynska


Paolo Fanale

Kaiser Giustiniano

Stefan Cerny

Eutropio, Anführer der Garde

Rainer Trost

Eudora, Irenes Freundin

Valentina Petraeva

Eusebio / Ottario

Ivan Zinoviev


ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien


Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)