Opera in three acts after the play by
Heinrich von Kleist, arranged for music by Ingeborg Bachmann
in German with German subtitles
At times, the prince of Homburg lives in a dreamlike state. In the midst of a battle, therefore, he acts against supreme military orders, but comes out as the winner. Closely follows, however, a real nightmare because insubordination is punished with the death penalty. In his composition, Hans Werner Henze formulates a Utopian idea: neither rank nor limiting system define human relationships but emotions themselves. Characters dare to enter the forlorn realm of dreams in order to find themselves and each other – at the risk of perceiving reality’s frailty.