Maquette for The Bassarids

Maker and role
Artist: Tazeena Firth, British, born 1935
Artist: Timothy O'Brien, British, born 1929
ca. 1974

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Painted wood and board, with found wood, string, and beads
20 3/4 x 30 x 27in (52.7 x 76.2 x 68.6cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
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Theatre production information
Opera by Hans Werner Henze. Produced by the English National Opera, London, 1974.
Further information
For Hans Werner Henze's operatic version of the myth of Dionysus (Bacchus), O'Brien created a raked (sloped) set with a central acting area recalling outdoor amphitheaters built into the hillsides of ancient Greece. In the maquette, a blasted tree and strings of beads, illuminated to suggest fireflies, completed the nighttime scene. Here, Dionysus and his female followers engaged in the ecstastic, wine-fueled rituals that threatened the male leaders of Thebes.


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