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    A melodramatic opera in a prologue and two acts, libretto by Felice Romani after Victor Hugo’s play of the same name

    Music by Gaetano Donizetti

    First performance: La Scala, Milan, 26 December 1833

    At Donizetti Opera festival 2019 it will be performed the version of Paris’ Théâtre Italien in 31st October 1840

    A critical edition by Roger Parker and Rosie Ward / Casa Ricordi Milano with the collaboration and contribution of the Municipality of Bergamo and the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti

     

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    A critical edition by Roger Parker and Rosie Ward / Casa Ricordi Milano with the collaboration and contribution of the Municipality of Bergamo and the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti

    For Donizetti, 1833 was very much linked with the history of Ferrara. In this year he wrote and presented three consecutive operas dedicated to events concerning the Este family, who had been lords of Ferrara for centuries: Parisina, presented during Lent at Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Torquato Tasso in September at the Valle in Rome, and Lucrezia Borgia at La Scala on 26 December.

    Of all Italian opera composers, Donizetti was among the first to touch on Italian medieval history, and the one who focused most determinedly on it. Seven of his works are set in the period, all written in the 1830s: Imelda de’ Lambertazzi (Naples 1830), the aforementioned Estense trio in 1833, Buondelmonte (Naples 1834), Marino Faliero (Paris 1835) and Pia de’ Tolomei (Venice 1837).

    In the case of Lucrezia Borgia, the work sets a further record. Taken from a play by Victor Hugo also written in 1833, it was the first time a script by the controversial writer had been used as the basis for an Italian opera.

    Librettist Felice Romani and Donizetti himself picked up the revolutionary tone of the drama: the immorality of the protagonist (considered one of the emblematic criminal figures of the historical period) redeemed by motherly love, the mixing of styles rather that their traditional separation, the touches of the grotesque.

    Ultimately, for Donizetti and for Italian opera, this was an irrefutable plunge into the romantic genre of the time, which predates Verdi’s Rigoletto by almost 20 years.

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    Time and Date:
    20 November 2019H 18:00
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    Venue

    Teatro Sociale

    Bergamo,

    Locandina

    Conductor Riccardo Frizza (22nd and 24th November) / Carla Delfrate (30th November)
    Directed by Andrea Bernard
    Scenery Alberto Beltrame
    Costumes Elena Beccaro
    Lighting design Marco Alba
    Director's assistant Tecla Gucci 

    Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
    Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
    Choirmaster Corrado Casati

    New set-up by Fondazione Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo in co-production with Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza and Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni

    Don Alfonso Marko Mimica
    Donna Lucrezia Borgia Carmela Remigio
    Gennaro Xabier Anduaga
    Maffio Orsini Varduhi Abrahamyan
    Jeppo Liverotto Manuel Pierattelli
    Don Apostolo Gazella Alex Martini
    Ascanio Petrucci Roberto Maietta
    Gubetta Rocco Cavalluzzi
    Rustighello Edoardo Milletti
    Astolfo Federico Benetti

     

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