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Opéra in four acts

Composer Gaetano Donizetti · Libretto by Alphonse Ryoyer, Gustav Vaëz and Eugène Scribe
In French with German surtitles | New Production

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Musikalische Leitung
Karel Mark Chichon
Inszenierung
Amélie Niermeyer
Bühne
Alexander Müller-Elmau
Kostüme
Kirsten Dephoff
Licht
Michael Bauer
Choreographische Mitarbeit
Ramses Sigl
Dramaturgie
Rainer Karlitschek
Chor
Sören Eckhoff

Léonor de Guzman
Elīna Garanča
Fernand
Matthew Polenzani
Alphonse XI
Mariusz Kwiecień
Balthazar
Mika Kares
Don Gaspard
Joshua Owen Mills
Inès
Elsa Benoit
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
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Numerous myths surround the historical figure of Léonore de Guzman, mistress of King Alfons XI of Castile, who becomes embroiled within an intrigue-laced political power play. Perfect opera material, therefore, and snapped up all too gladly by Gaetano Donizetti, who transformed it into a French grand opéra for Paris in 1840. Donizetti never again produced such uncompromisingly forlorn and pessimistic material. Interestingly, though, the opera's title character has very little in common with the historical figure. 

Léonore's love for the King is revealed in the opera to be a farce. She does not hesitate for long, before flinging herself upon the young Fernand, who, for her sake, has eschewed the life of a monk in Santiago de Compostela. Yet, he is unaware of her status as a mistress, thus allowing the pair to all too easily become victims of a conspiratorial power play between church and state. At the end, the couple are denied even the hope of a better future together after death. Léonore dies and, while Fernand does remain at the monastery, the opera provides the characters with little understanding of God and redemption.

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Karel Mark Chichon wurde in London geboren und war Assistent von Giuseppe Sinopoli und Valery Gergiev. 2004 dirigierte er erstmals die Wiener Philharmoniker. Von 2009 bis 2012 war er Chefdirigent beim Lettischen Nationalen Sinfonieorchester, und ist seit 2011 in gleicher Funktion bei der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern tätig. Darüber hinaus dirigierte er u. a. an der Wiener Staatsoper, der Deutschen Oper Berlin, am Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, am Teatro Comunale di Bologna, dem Teatro Real Madrid und an der Metropolitan Opera New York. Ebenso trat er u. a. mit den Wiener Symphonikern, dem Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, dem English Chamber Orchestra und dem Königlichen Concertgebouworchester Amsterdam auf.

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