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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.