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I due Foscari Digital Programme


    Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    The Doge: a portrait in music

    A portrait of the character of Doge Francesco Foscari, with selections from a recording of the opera.

    Who was Francesco Foscari?

    Verdi's opera, via Byron's play, is based on the real-life fifteenth century Doge of Venice. Explore the history of the man and his milieu.

    Production Photographs

    Thaddeus Strassberger's I due Foscari opened at the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 14 October. Here are the first photographs of the performance

    Sarah Quill Photographs

    Exclusive to your Digital Programme, this gallery features a selection of exquisite photographs by renowned photographer of Venice, Sarah Quill

    A dramatic setting

    The action in Verdi's opera centres around the Ducal Palace in Venice. But what is it like to visit the palace today and walk in the footsteps of Doge Francesco Foscari himself? We explore the famous palace then and now.

    Musical highlights: Jacopo and Lucrezia

    Highlights from a recording of I due Foscari

    Love, vengeance and death

    Sarah Lenton on what to look forward to in Verdi's I due Foscari

    Watch: Antonio Pappano introduces the music of Verdi's I due Foscari

    A video from the interval films during the live cinema broadcast of I due Foscari on 27 October 2014

    La Serenissima – Poetry and the City

    Venice has inspired writers and artists for centuries. Here are a few of the results of that inspiration.

    Director Thaddeus Strassberger

    Director Thaddeus Strassberger introduces his production of I due Foscari in three short films exclusive to your Digital Programme

    Watch: Plácido Domingo in conversation with Antonio Pappano

    Plácido Domingo was interviewed by Antonio Pappano on 12 October, as part of a special In Conversation event that was live-streamed on the Royal Opera House website

    Watch: The cast and creative team introduce I due Foscari

    The Story

    A full synopsis of this production

    Verdi and I due Foscari

    Giuseppe Verdi and the composition of I due Foscari.


    Performances, screenings, timings and Royal Opera staff


    Production team, Conductor and principal singers for this production