concept and curatorship of the project Cristina Mazzavillani Muti
dramopera in two acts
libretto by Felice Romani
from Norma, ou L’infanticide by Louis-Alexandre Soumet
music Vincenzo Bellini
conductor Alessandro Benigni
direction Cristina Mazzavillani Muti
set and visual designer Ezio Antonelli
lighting designer Vincent Longuemare
costume designer Alessandro Lai
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Three extraordinary women, three different styles, three unmistakable moments of a century: Bellini’s Norma (1831), the greatest example of the belcanto style, is followed by Verdi’s Aida (1871), the heart of XIX-century melodrama. Then, a mere four years later, the new atmosphere that had led Verdi to retreat into a long period of silence began to take shape with Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, whose irresistible drive anticipated the sentimental realism of Verismo. In an unexpected game of cross-references, Bellini’s nuances now penetrate Verdi’s score, which in its turn anticipates some future trends, bringing together three women who, carried by faith, love, and freedom, claimed their absolute right to choose a destiny of death.
The format of the Autumn Trilogy is now tried and tested, alternating three different operas on the same stage on consecutive nights. The theatrical machine assembles a scene and then pulls it apart, transforms it, renews it, playing with the inventiveness and creativity of an effective mix of young talents, experienced craftsmen and cutting-edge technology. Three original productions will bring three legendary opera characters to life: if the drama of Norma comes alive amid bulky and eloquent metaphysical symbols, surrounded by shadows and ghosts, the story of Aida is bathed in an evocative, magniloquent, ever-changing series of virtual images, while the tragedy of Carmen develops in a restless gloom slashed by blades of fleshy, bloody, deadly red light.
Until 18 May exclusive pre-sale for agencies and tour operators
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