The Teatro La Fenice di Venezia mounted this 2006 stage production of composer Richard Strauss's 1937 opera Daphne. This classical tragedy tells of the eponymous heroine (June Anderson), a sunlight-worshipping virgin who has no interest in earthbound romantic relationships. Unable to return her childhood-friend Leukippos's (Roberto Saccà) affections, and unwilling to don a special dress for the Dionysian festival, Daphne soon encounters a mysterious stranger, in the guise of a herdsman, who makes an unsuccessful attempt to wheedle her into romance. He ultimately reveals himself as Apollo (Scott MacAllister), the god of the sun, and enters a violent rivalry with Leukippos for Daphne's affections that ends tragically for all. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia provide musical accompaniment; Kevin Knight designed the sets and costumes.