DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real, 2015)


 

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Roberto Devereux
Libretto/Text Author: Cammarano, Salvatore

Elisabetta / Regina d'Inghilterra: Devia, Mariella
Lord Duca di Nottingham: Caria, Marco
Lord Guglielmo Cecil: Sanabria, Juan Antonio
Roberto Devereux / Conte di Essex: Kunde, Gregory
Sara / Duchessa di Nottingham: Tro Santafe, Silvia
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh: Mastroni, Andrea

Set/Stage Designer: Boyd, Madeleine
Costume Designer: Boyd, Madeleine
Lighting Designer: Haskins, Matthew
Choreographer: Braham, Maxine
Stage Director: Talevi, Alessandro
Television Director: Lebard, Stephane

Venue: Teatro Real, Madrid
Playing Time: 02:16:50
Catalogue Number: BAC130
UPC: 3760115301306

Synopsis

In the last and most dramatic aria in Roberto Devereux, one of the four Tudor period operas composed by Gaetano 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.

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