Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Music: GAETANO DONIZETTI
Libretto: SALVATORE CAMMARANO
After J-F ANCELOT
Elisabetta: MARIELLA DEVIA
Lord Duca di Nottingham: MARCO CARIA
Sara : SILVIA TRO SANTAFÉ
Roberto Devereux: GREGORY KUNDE
Orchestra and choir: Teatro Real de Madrid
Conductor: BRUNO CAMPANELLA
Stage direction: ALESSANDRO TALEVI
In the last and most dramatic aria in ‘’Roberto Devereux’’, one of the four Tudor period operas composed by Donizetti in 1837 (along with ‘’Anna Bolena’’, ‘’Maria Stuarda’’ and ‘’Il Castello di Kenilworth’’), the protagonist, Queen Elizabeth I of England, exclaims: “I do not reign, I do not live”. This statement encapsulates great operatic themes, and it is the culmination of an opera that reveals the passions of characters who live among palace intrigues. Written in the mature period of the leader of Italian romanticism, the opera displays a great vocal virtuosity, and is an example of Donizetti prizing the voice above all in the genre. The staging, by South African director Alessandro Talevi, who has been very successful in great opera houses as well as with more experimental theatre, places the play in an undetermined period, focusing on the chiaroscuro.
Bruno Campanella conducts the production with Mariella Devia (Award Winner Singer of the Year at the Opera Awards 2016), Silvia Tro Santafé and Gregory Kunde in the main roles.
“Mariella Devia, Queen of Spiders”
“This was most a promising start to the season, a first-class rendition of a neglected work and a joyful confirmation of Mariella Devia’s well-deserved place in bel canto history.”