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Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

Backstage films from the live relay of I due Foscari, including Antonio Pappano introducing Verdi's music and Plácido Domingo on his transition from tenor to baritone.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

27 October 2014 at 10.19pm | 1 Comment

Thaddeus Strassberger’s Royal Opera production of Verdi’s I due Foscari was relayed live to cinemas around the world on 27 October 2014.

The relay, presented by Stephen Fry, featured a series of backstage films, including rehearsal footage and interviews with members of the cast and creative team.

If you missed the screening on the night, or just want to find out more about the production, here are the films again:

Members of the cast and creative team on the music, characters and setting of I due Foscari

‘It is a part that I am too young to play because the character is supposed to be 89 – that’s very amusing because, of course, today any character that I do is younger then my age,’ jokes Plácido Domingo about playing the old Doge, Francesco Foscari.

Watch the cast and creative team on I due Foscari, including: performers Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli and Maria Agresta on their characters and relationships; conductor Antonio Pappano on Verdi’s music; and set and costume designers Kevin Knight and Mattie Ullrich on creating 15th-century Venice.

Antonio Pappano and Plácido Domingo in conversation (extract from recent In Conversation live-stream)

In front of a live and online audience, Antonio Pappano speaks with Plácido Domingo about his life and career.

Watch Domingo talk about his transition from a tenor to a baritone – ‘no longer the romantic hero,’ Pappano says, but ‘playing father roles and sometimes the villain’ – including his latest role as father and doge in I due Foscari.

Antonio Pappano on his musical highlights from I due Foscari

‘One of Verdi’s innovations in this piece is the surprising use of the leitmotif – a musical visiting card, a piece of music that identifies a character,’ explains Pappano. ‘For me the most touching is the musical visiting card he composed for the Doge himself – an ageing figure, an octogenarian – it’s beautiful.’

Watch Antonio Pappano take a closer look at how Verdi uses leitmotifs for the characters of Lucrezia, Jacopo and the Doge in I due Foscari.

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  1. VIRGILIO GOMES responded on 30 October 2014 at 3:47pm Reply

    I have seen recently in cinema for the first time in my life I DUE FOSCARI.
    This was really a very pleasant surprise, and I am waiting that ROH will soon present the DVD recording of this masterpiece.
    Congratulations for such production.

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