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Verdi’s I due Foscari live in cinemas on 27 October 2014

Stephen Fry will present the performance, starring Plácido Domingo and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

20 October 2014 at 2.40pm | 3 Comments

The Royal Opera’s production of Thaddeus Strassberger’s I due Foscari, starring Plácido Domingo and conducted by Antonio Pappano, will be broadcast live to cinemas across the world at 7.15pm GMT on 27 October. The relay will be presented live from the Royal Opera House by actor, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry.

Ahead of the screening, download our Royal Opera House Digital Programme, which contains specially selected features to bring your closer to the production.

The Cast

Baritone Plácido Domingo plays the Doge of Venice, with tenor Francesco Meli as his son Jacopo Foscari and soprano Maria Agresta as Jacopo’s wife Lucrezia. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.

The Story

In Verdi’s I due Foscari the Doge of Venice is conflicted between the love of his family and a duty to his country, when his son is convicted of murder and treason.

The dark and tragic opera may have been influenced by events in the composer’s own life, following the deaths of his wife and two infant children a few years earlier.

Stephen Fry is a passionate opera fan and curated the Deloitte Ignite 2013 festival, Verdi/Wagner.

The Production

American director Thaddeus Strassberger makes his Royal Opera debut with Verdi’s early tragedy. His production, featuring Mattie Ullrich's rich costumes and Kevin Knight‘s sets, conveys a corrupt 15th-century Venice.

Watch Thaddeus Strassberger on I due Foscari:

Review

Thaddeus Strassberger’s I due Foscari had its London premiere at the Royal Opera House after successful runs in Los Angeles, Valencia and Vienna. Read audience reaction to the opening night and add your own review.

After the relay, we’ll be publishing a roundup of tweets about the cinema screening, so share your thoughts using the hashtag #ROHfoscari.

I due Foscari is a co-production with Los Angeles Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, and Theater an der Wien.

The production is staged with the generous support of Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Costas and Evi Kaplanis, Colm and Ella Kelleher and Mrs Philip Kan.

This article has 3 comments

  1. pat Hooke responded on 21 October 2014 at 4:16pm Reply

    Please send me regular monthly cinema newsletter, Thank your

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 23 October 2014 at 10:02am

      Hi Pat

      You'll need to register on our site - just follow the link from the right-hand-side of our cinema homepage (it's very quick!)

      http://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  2. John mason responded on 27 October 2014 at 9:18am Reply

    I would have wanted to see it I love domingo I live so far away his music is so beutifull and can never be overtaken in my lifetime when can we see it in dvd this man is subbline

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