21 April 2013 at 2.47pm | 3 Comments
Rossini’s La donna del lago is something of an underperformed gem: John Fulljames’s new production, which opens on 17 May, is the first time the opera has been performed by The Royal Opera since 1985.
The opera is based on The Lady of the Lake, a poem by Sir Walter Scott, whose work has inspired more than eighty operas.
‘I’ve become fascinated by the world in which Walter Scott was writing,’ explains John. ‘I hope that, when the curtain rises on La donna del lago, you will enjoy seeing how this giant of Scottish literature has inspired The Royal Opera.'
Set in the atmospheric surroundings of the Scottish highlands, the opera explores themes of landscape, kingship and nationhood.
‘Landscape is essential for understanding this piece,' says John. 'The emotional impact of the highlands is central to the story. In the opera, landscape is personified in the character of Elena. She is the landscape, she is Scotland.’
To find out more about La donna del lago, watch the model showing, in which John discusses some of his ideas behind the design of the production. John also recently wrote an article about the appeal of Sir Walter Scott. Read the full article here.
Let us know what you think of the trailer, and if you'll be seeing the production on stage or in cinemas.
The production is sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation and the Friends of Covent Garden with generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey, Hélène and Jean Peters, Judith Portrait and Susan and John Singer. The Production Director generously supported by Hamish and Sophie Forsyth.