Autumn Trilogy: the Dance, the Music, the Word
a project by Cristina Mazzavillani Muti

7.30 pm | Basilica of San Francesco
Quanto in femmina foco d’amor…
Mistero per voci e pellegrine

by Francesca Masi
based on an idea by Cristina Mazzavillani Muti
mise en espace curated by Luca Micheletti

9 pm | Alighieri Theatre
Faust rapsodia
Dal ciel sino all’inferno

scenes from Johann Wolfgang Goethe‘s tragedy (Faust I und II)
music by Robert Schumann (Szenen aus Goethes Faust, selection from the work)

Italian translation by
Andrea Maffei (1869) enacted scenes
Vittorio Radicati (1896) singing scenes

Faust
Edoardo Siravo actor
Vito Priante baritone

Margherita
Elisa Balbo soprano

Mefistofele
Roberto Latini actor
Riccardo Zanellato bass

dramaturgical development and direction Luca Micheletti
concert master and conductor Antonio Greco
set design Ezio Antonelli
lightning design Fabrizio Ballini
costume design Anna Biagiotti

Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Coro Luigi Cherubini

a new production by Ravenna Festival


The main character of a rich and varied tale, which originated in Germany in the late Middle Ages, Faust found universal appeal in Goethe’s writings: along his Dantesque journey between Heaven and Hell, Faust experiences the powers of the evil, and redemption with the help of his beloved. In a brand new visionary production, with the stalls turned into an enlarged pit to host the social-distanced orchestra, and the audience in the boxes, gallery, and balcony, Faust rapsodia is a reasoned selection from Schumann’s secular oratorio combined with scenes from Goethe’s tragedy.

The performance in the Alighieri Theatre will be preceded by another performance, around 30 minutes long and accessible with the same ticket of Faust rapsodia: in the Basilica of San Francesco (“the church of Dante”), Quanto in femmina foco d’amor is a “mystery for voices and pilgrim women”, a meditation on the women in the Commedia. The voices of Francesca, Pia, Sapia, Piccarda, and Cunizza weave a women’s prayer, a litany running from Eve to Maria, beginning and end of the world, sung and danced by the Edenic woman, Matelda.


ATTENTIONMetànoia by and with Sergei Polunin has been replaced by Pas de deux for toes and fingers with Svetlana Zakharova, Vadim Repin, and the Cherubini Orchestra; changes has been made necessary by the new schedule, to the inclusion of Faust rapsodia, in order to rationalise the production timetable. Its performances – originally Nov 7, 11, and 14 – have been rescheduled for Nov 7, 9, 10, together with Quanto in femmina foco d’amor).

The tickets of Faust rapsodia (Quanto in femmina foco d’amor included) for the 11th of November are valid for the performance of the 9th of November; the tickets for the 14th of November are valid for the performance of the 10th of November. For any inquiry, please contact the Festival’s Ticket Office.

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