Festival Donizetti Opera 2019

Festival 2019

The growing demand for tickets and increasingly numerous audiences means the festival is expanding: Donizetti Opera 2019 adds a third opera and extends by a week; the well-established formula stays the same, with operas concentrated around the composer’s date of birth (29 November).

Meanwhile, Donizetti Night will be Saturday 15 June 2019.

The fifth edition of the Donizetti Opera festival was presented to great enthusiasm on 14 November last year, and features, for the #donizetti200 series, the 1819 opera buffa Pietro il Grande , Czar delle Russie (15 and 23 November, 1 December) based on Maria Chiara Bertieri’s critical edition for the Fondazione Donizetti; the world premiere of the “rediscovered” opera L’ange de Nisidia directed by Francesco Micheli (16 and 21 November) in an edition by Candida Mantica; and finally one of the best-loved masterpieces, Lucrezia Borgia (22, 24 and 30 November) with musical direction by Riccardo Frizza and a new critical edition by Roger Parker and Rosie Ward for the national Donizetti edition from Casa Ricordi, in collaboration with the Fondazione and the Municipality of Bergamo.

The Donizetti Opera festival is organised by the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti and the Municipality of Bergamo with funding from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Fondazione Cariplo, the Lombardy Region, Bergamo Chamber of Commerce, Fondazione Istituti Educativi di Bergamo, ASM in collaboration with Fondazione Donizetti, Conservatorio Gaetano Donizetti, Fondazione Mia, Opera Europa, Sacbo, Atb with the contribution of ABenergie – who light Donizetti Night – San Lucio Events and classical music partner Cavalli Musica.

Read the 2019 program!


Gala inaugurale

14 November 2019 - H 20:30
Music by Gaetano...

Pietro il Grande

15 November 2019 - H 20:30
23 November 2019 - H 20:30
1 December 2019 - H 15:30
Pietro il Grande Kzar delle Russie   An opera buffa in two acts with libretto by Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini Music by Gaetano Donizetti First performance: Teatro San Samuele, Venice, 26 December 1819 Critical edition...

L’ange de Nisida

16 November 2019 - H 20:30
21 November 2019 - H 20:30
An opera in four acts from a libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaez - music by Gaetano Donizetti Music by Gaetano Donizetti Score by Candida Mantica / Opera Rara - Peters, Lipsia; Italian representative Casa Musicale Sonzogno di...

Lucrezia Borgia

22 November 2019 - H 20:30
24 November 2019 - H 15:30
30 November 2019 - H 20:30
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   #newcriticaledition A...

Messa di Gloria

29 November 2019 - H 20:30
Messa di Gloria per Soli, Coro e Orchestra Musica di Gaetano Donizetti First execution: Napoli, Chiesa di Santa Maria Nova, 1837 Edition by Pietro Spada © Boccaccini and Spada Editori, distribution by Casa Ricordi,...