The Water Sprite from Grundlsee

An Aussee legend is composed as an opera.

Subject to change
© Hans Gaiswinkler

Vanni Moretto, Stefano Pintor (composer and librettist)
Dr. Verena Frey, organiser of the Ausseer Barocktage (concept and project management)
Dr. Verena Frey and the Ausseer Barocktage Association (project sponsor)

Christian Haselmayr (Head of Programme Music, Youth, Community Building)

August 2024

About the project

The 2024 European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut has provided some of the financing for the composition of a contemporary opera, which is based on an ancient legend about the discovery of the regional salt deposits by the merman of Grundlsee lake. The idea for the opera was developed by Dr. Verena Frey. The composer of the opera is Vanni Moretto, a renowned composer, musician and conductor who has received numerous international prizes and who has performed all around the world. His librettist is Stefano Pintor, a prize-winning author, director and “librettist in residence” of the Venice Biennial.