Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo's Le Roi s'amuse
Opera in three acts
The first performance of the first opera in Verdi's legendary "trilogia popolare" at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice was preceded by a tricky battle with the censor. After all, the play by Victor Hugo on which it was based, about the cynical hedonism of an aristocrat, had been a hot potato throughout Europe since 1832, when it was banned immediately after its first performance in Paris. Verdi was interested less in criticism of the ruling classes and more in the tragedy of the court jester whose existence is devastated. The deformed entertainer in a world of men who consume women pulls out all the stops in his sarcasm and yet believes that he will remain unharmed by his public actions if he merely separates them cleanly from his private happiness. But when his daughter, imprisoned in a remote location for her own protection, follows her own longing, she becomes the victim of his double existence. A lonely, pitiable clown? "An amoral petty bourgeois man", thinks Arpad Schilling, "who dreams of innocence. A husband mourning for his wife and filled with a thirst for revenge. A great actor to whom success is more important than his own daughter. The fool of a noble lord who has been cheated by his own happiness. Verdi can do what Shakespeare does: He can tell a story in such a way as to make us shudder."
In Italian with German surtitles
Wednesday, 17 July 2013, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, 20 July 2013, 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, 12 October 2013, 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 7.00 p.m.
Friday, 18 October 2013, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, 26 April 2014, 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, 3 May 2014, 7.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 7.00 p.m.
Friday, 9 May 2014, 7.00 p.m.
Fabio Luisi 17./20. July 2013
Marco Armiliato 24. July 2013, 26./30. Apr., 3./6./9. May 2014
Stefano Ranzani 12./15./18. Oct. 2013
Set and Costumes
Il Duca di Mantova
Joseph Calleja 17./20./24. July, 12./15./18. Oct. 2013, 3./6./9. May 2014
Piero Pretti 26./30. Apr. 2014
Franco Vassallo 17./20./24. July 2013, 26./30. Apr., 3./6./9. May 2014
George Petean 12./15./18. Oct. 2013
Patricia Petibon 17. July 2013
Patrizia Ciofi 20./24. July 2013
Aleksandra Kurzak 12./15./18. Oct. 2013
Erin Morley 26./30. Apr., 3./6./9. May 2014
Sparafucile + Monterone
Dimitry Ivashchenko 17./20./24. July 2013
Rafal Siwek 12./15./18. Oct. 2013, 26./30. Apr., 3./6./9. May 2014
Maddalena + Giovanna
Nadia Krasteva 17./20./24. July 2013
Alisa Kolosova 12./15./18. Oct. 2013
Oksana Volkova 26./30. Apr., 3./6./9. May 2014
Tim Kuypers 17./20./24. July 2013
Andrea Borghini 12./15./18. Oct. 2013, 26./30. Apr., 3./6./9. May 2014
Francesco Petrozzi 17./20./24. July 2013
Dean Power 12./15./18. Oct. 2013, 26./30. Apr., 3./6./9. May 2014
Il Conte di Ceprano
La Contessa di Ceprano
Iulia Maria Dan
Paggio della Duchessa
The Bavarian State Orchestra
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera