Opéra in four acts

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

Saturday, 12. July 2003
08:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Duration est. 2 hours 30 minutes · 1. + 2. Akt (est. 08:00 pm - 09:10 pm ) · Interval (est. 09:10 pm - 09:40 pm ) · 3. + 4. Akt (est. 09:40 pm - 11:00 pm )

Premiere at 23. October 2016

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Musikalische Leitung
Marco Armiliato

Solist/-in I
Anna Netrebko
Solist/-in II
Ramón Vargas
  • 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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Marco Armiliato studierte Klavier am Paganini-Konservatorium seiner Heimatstadt Genua und begann seine Dirigententätigkeit 1989 mit L’elisir d’amore in Lima/Peru. 1995 debütierte er mit Il barbiere di Siviglia am Teatro La Fenice in Venedig, ein Jahr darauf an der Wiener Staatsoper mit Andrea Chénier und an der San Francisco Opera mit La bohème. Seitdem war er an zahlreichen renommierten Opernhäusern zu erleben, darunter die Metropolitan Opera in New York, die Opéra National de Paris, das Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, das Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, das Opernhaus Zürich, die Deutsche Oper Berlin, die Hamburgische Staatsoper, das Teatro Real in Madrid, das Teatro dell’Opera in Rom, die Arena di Verona und die Lyric Opera of Chicago. (Stand: 2017)

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