Ticket Officeh. 13:00-20:00 / Tuesday - Saturday T. +39 035 4160 601 / 602 / 603

Lucrezia Borgia

Loading Events
Riccardo Frizza

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



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.

November - 2019


Time and Date:
22 November 2019H 20:30
24 November 2019 H 15:30
30 November 2019 H 20:30
Cost: €28 - €85


Teatro Sociale



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
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


*the prices do not include selling fees, amounting to 10% of the ticket price.