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The people of Thebes are suffering from a severe drought. King Pentheus is told by his mother, Agave, that the people have turned against him because he does not recognize the deity of Dionysus, the god of fertility. The king decides to sacrifice Manto, the niece of a seer, to Demeter, the goddess of earth, but Dirce, the king's betrothed, wants to spare the young woman. She goes to a grotto where the Bacchantae (followers of Dionysus) have gathered and there meets a stranger who leaves for Thebes when Dirce tells him of the pending sacrifice. Lacdamo, the king's cousin, rescues Manto, but the stranger, revealed to be Dionysus, is captured. Dirce visits him in prison, and when he tells her his true identity, the two escape to Mount Cithaeron. During the Thebans' revolt, King Pentheus is killed, and Lacdamo assumes power. Dirce, realizing the futility of her love for a god, remains with the Bacchantae.
Opened in Rome in August 1961 as Le baccanti.