17 September 2013 at 12.31pm | Comment on this article
Verdi’s grand opera Les Vêpres siciliennes will be staged for the first time at the Royal Opera House on 17 October, in a brand new production by Stefan Herheim. The opera will also be screened live in cinemas around the world on 4 November.
‘The trailer hints at the themes of revenge and occupation that are core to the opera,’ says trailer director Tom Turner. ‘It is a depiction of the opera’s beautiful surface, yet alludes to a broken reality beneath it.
‘Although there is a sinister element to the trailer, there is power and strength in both the dancer and the music; art will triumph.’
Tom worked closely with the production’s dramaturg Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach. Watch an interview with Alexander about Les Vêpres siciliennes.
One of Verdi’s less frequently performed works, Les Vêpres siciliennes was written for the Paris Opéra in 1855 in the traditions of French grand opera and includes impressive choruses, passionate duets and showpiece arias. Stefan’s imaginative production will draw parallels between the opera itself and the opera house for which it was written. Find out more about his vision for the piece here.
‘Stefan Herheim is the hottest ticket in the operatic world right now,’ says Director of Opera Kasper Holten, ‘and he is making his UK debut with this enormous production, which will be conducted by Antonio Pappano.’
Les Vêpres siciliennes runs from 17 October until 11 November 2013. Tickets are still available.
The production will also be screened live in cinemas around the world on 4 November and is staged with the generous philanthropic support of Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mr and Mrs Baha Bassatne and The Maestro’s Circle.