Composers and their stage works 

Belshazzar's Feast

(La cena del rey Baltasar)

Pedro Calderón de la Barca wr. 1634

Auto sacramental

King Belshazzar has wedded Vanity and Idolatry. Daniel is sent by God to warn Belshazzar to repent, giving him three warnings; on each occasion Belshazzar almost repents but cannot give up his brides. At a feast given by Belshazzar, Daniel comes as a guest, accompanied by Death disguised as his attendant. Death gives Belshazzar a poisoned drink to kill his soul, then draws his knife to slay his body. They fight, and Belshazzar is dragged away by Death. He calls to Vanity and Idolatry to help him, but they are powerless.