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Autumn Trilogy
concept and curatorship of the project Cristina Mazzavillani Muti


opéra-comique in three acts and four scenes
libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
from the novella by Prosper Mérimée
music Georges Bizet

Don José Antonio Corianò
Luca Micheletti
Le Dancaïre Rosario Grauso
Le Remendado Riccardo Rados
Moralès Christian Federici
Zuniga Adriano Gramigni
Carmen Martina Belli (3, 7), Clarissa Leonardi (10)
Micaëla Elisa Balbo
Frasquita Alessia Pintossi
Mercédès Francesca di Sauro
Lillas Pastia; a guide Ivan Merlo
Andrès Luca Massaroli
Un bohémien Ken Watanabe
Une marchande Yulia Tkacenko

conductor Vladimir Ovodok
direction Luca Micheletti
set designer Ezio Antonelli
lighting designer Vincent Longuemare
costumes Alessandro Lai

Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Coro Luigi Cherubini
Coro Lirico Marchigiano Vincenzo Bellini
choirmaster Antonio Greco
Coro di voci bianche Ludus Vocalis
choirmaster Elisabetta Agostini

DanzActori Trilogia d’Autunno
scenic movements assistant Lara Guidetti

New production
Co-production Ravenna Festival, Teatro Alighieri di Ravenna, Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara

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.

Act I: 1h 40’
intermission 30’
Act II: 1h 5’
Total 3h 15’


1. Download the free app Lyri live from the App Store or Google Play
2. Once in the theatre, connect to the free WiFi “Lyri”
3. Launch the Lyri app and put in the following:
username: opera
password: opera

Tutorial lyri.it/tutorial
Support service info@lyri.it

Every evening during the Autumn Trilogy, a Lyri help desk will be at your disposal for information and support in the foyer of the Alighieri Theatre. 

The Programme