Oberon

Scope and Content

In February 1983, John Cox, Artistic Director of Scottish Opera, asked Burgess to write a new libretto to accompany the music of Carl Maria von Weber's "Oberon". (Weber's music had originally been set to a libretto by James Robinson Planché , who took inspiration from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and William Sotheby's translation of "Oberon, a romantische Heldengedicht" by Christoph Martin Wieland, based on medieval legends of the fairy king of Auberon and Huon of Bordeaux, a knight of Charlemagne's court.)

Burgess responded enthusiastically to Cox's request and his new version of Weber's opera opened in Glasgow on 23 October 1985. In spring 1987, La Fenice in Venice staged Oberon in Italian using Burgess's own translation.

Source: "A Clockwork Counterpoint: the Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess" by Paul Phillips (Manchester University Press, 2010)