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Watch: La donna del lago trailer

John Fulljames’s new production of Rossini’s turbulent love story opens in May.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

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.

La donna del lago opens on 17 May 2013 and runs until 11 June. Tickets are available here. La donna del lago will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on Monday 27 May.

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.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

21 April 2013 at 2.47pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by John Fulljames, Gioachino Rossini, John Fulljames, La donna del lago, Literature, opera, poetry, Production, rossini, Scotland, Scottish, Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake, The Royal Opera, trailer

This article has 3 comments

  1. Alice Poulsen responded on 27 April 2013 at 6:04pm Reply

    Like the trailer, loving the music!! Very excited to see this production - I love this opera!

    Cudos to ROH for getting the same cast (4 main singers) who made such a great vocal success of this opera in Paris, a couple of years ago. Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Daniela Barcellona, Colin Lee are all amazing singers so we are promised a highly exciting production, at least vocally!! And of course, Colin Lee can always sing "Urberto" should the need arise! LOL

    Very much looking forward to attending several times in the house!

  2. Angela Maria Brambilla responded on 16 May 2013 at 10:18pm Reply

    I hope a DVD will be made of this production featuring a stellar cast.

  3. Jane Colebrook responded on 20 May 2013 at 2:13pm Reply

    I have been waiting for months to hear this. How could it possibly be any better than Florez and DiDonato. The Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus are brill. The trailer lived up to my expectations and more. Have only 2 more weeks to wait before I am put into a state of nirvana.

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