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La donna del lago (2013)

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Running time: 3:20 (including one interval)

La donna del lago (2013)

The ultimate bel canto cast is assembled for this important yet rarely performed masterpiece.

Introduction

King James V is entranced when he meets a beautiful woman, Elena, in the Highlands. But he is dismayed to learn that she is the daughter of his enemy, Douglas. Elena, meanwhile, is in love, but not with James V or her fiancée…

Background

La donna del lago is one of the most lyrical of Gioachino Rossini’s operas, with expansive ensembles and shimmering orchestration. It is based on Walter Scott’s 1810 poem The Lady of the Lake and features a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. Although its premiere in Naples in 1819 was a success it was rarely staged throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries. John Fulljames’s new production provides an opportunity to experience an underperformed gem.

La donna del lago opens in the atmospheric surroundings of the Scottish Highlands, as Elena – the titular Lady of the Lake – rows across Loch Katrine, singing of her love for romantic hero Malcolm. Elena’s exquisite arias are contrasted with moments of high drama, from the stormy confrontation between Rodrigo and the King to the orchestral frenzy unleashed at the sighting of a meteor.

Credits

Director
John Fulljames
Set designs
Dick Bird
Costume designs
Yannis Thavoris
Lighting design
Bruno Poet
Choreographer
Arthur Pita

Performers

Conductor
Michele Mariotti
Elena
Joyce DiDonato
Uberto
Juan Diego Flórez
Albina
Justina Gringyte
Serano
Robin Leggate
Malcolm
Daniela Barcellona
Douglas
Simon Orfila
Rodrigo
Colin Lee
Bertram
Pablo Bemsch
Un Bardo
Christopher Lackner
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

News and features

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