2022 Donizetti Opera Festival

Festival 2022

Everything is ready for the eighth edition of the Donizetti Opera, the international festival dedicated to the composer from Bergamo, organized by the Donizetti Theatre Foundation chaired by Giorgio Berta with the general direction of Massimo Boffelli, the artistic direction of Francesco Micheli and the musical direction of Riccardo Frizza. The festival will take place in Bergamo, “The City of Gaetano Donizetti”, from 17 November to 4 December 2022.

A new edition of the Donizetti Opera festival – awarded the “Oper! Award” as the best European festival for German critics – which explores the different facets of the “generational gap” through the productions. The programme includes three Donizetti operatic titles and a series of concerts and collateralevents that will be announced in the upcoming months: La favorite (18 and 27 November, 3 December) and L’aio nell’imbarazzo (20 and 26 November, 2 December) will be staged at the Donizetti Theatre; Chiara e Serafina (19 and 25 November, 4 December) will be staged at the Teatro Sociale.


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Epidemics and wars do not stop theatre. In fact, they make it even more necessary. Of all the great Italian opera composers, Gaetano Donizetti is still the least known, and his endless production including over seventy titles is a goldmine that wish we could keep digging forever. The Festival dedicated to him therefore continues on its double track: the rediscovery of forgotten works and the revival of well-known ones, but with philological rigour in defining the texts and with special attention to correct performance practice.

La favorite

3 December 2022 - H 20:00
Opéra en quatre actes by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz Music by Gaetano Donizetti First performance: Paris, Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique, 2nd December 1840 Critic edition by Rebecca Harris-Warrick © Casa Ricordi, Milano in collaboration with and with the contribution of the Municipality of Bergamo and of the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti INTRODUCTION La favorite, which triumphed in Paris in 1840, is a grand-opéra based on the popular model of Meyerbeer but...

Chiara e Serafina

4 December 2022 - H 15:30
Or “Il pirata” Melodramma semiserio in two acts by Felice Romani Music by Gaetano Donizetti First perfromance: Milan, Imperial Regio Teatro alla Scala, 26th October 1822 Edition based on the autograph manuscript by Alberto Sonzogni © Fondazione Teatro Donizetti #Donizetti200 Project INTRODUCTION The rediscovery of the 2022 DO is certainly Chiara e Serafina, the title of the #Donizetti200 project, with which in every edition of the Festival we present an opera written by...

L’aio nell’imbarazzo

2 December 2022 - H 20:00
Melodramma giocoso it two acts for seven voices by Jacopo Ferretti Music by Gaetano Donizetti First performance: Rome, Teatro Valle, 4 febbraio 1824 Critic edition by Maria Chiara Bertieri © Fondazione Teatro Donizetti INTRODUCTION L’aio nell’imbarazzo, performed in Rome in 1824, is one of Donizetti’s first great successes: a comic opera based on Rossini’s model, but which already displays the psychological depth of the great comedies of his mature production....