Recorded around March 2001 at the Chamizal Theater in El Paso Texas Ciglo de Oro festival
Students from Mexico City presented this production
Drama filosófico y simbólico : La hija del aire en sus dos partes, donde se pinta la ambición sin límites de la reina Semíramis, asesina de su marido Nino, y Las cadenas del demonio.
Semiramis languishes in a remote prison, where she has been locked up since her infancy. She is guarded by Tiresias, a priest in the service of the goddess Venus. The story of Semiramis’ birth is one of violence and ill omens for the future: her mother was a nymph of Diana, who was raped by a follower of Venus, and Semiramis is the fruit of his lust. Semiramis’ mother killed the man in vengeance and then died in childbirth; Semiramis was raised as a savage to wear animal skins and stay locked away from the sight of men. Her great beauty, and also her position as a pawn in a war between the goddesses Diana and Venus, make her unsuitable for entry into the world, and so Tiresias has guarded her away in secret. There is a prophecy that if she is ever let out, her beauty will cause the death of a king and bloody vengeance to come from the heavens.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño nació en Madrid, el 17 de enero de 1600
Pedro Calderón de la Barca was born on 17 Jan 1600. He came from a family higher-up in the noble classes than that of Lope de Vega