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

Wednesday, 28. February 2018
07:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Duration est. 3 hours · 1. + 2. Akt (est. 07:00 pm - 08:10 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:10 pm - 08:40 pm ) · 3. + 4. Akt (est. 08:40 pm - 10:00 pm )

Prices K , € 132 /115 /- /- /- /- /- /10

Premiere at 23. October 2016

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Musikalische Leitung
Giacomo Sagripanti
Amélie Niermeyer
Alexander Müller-Elmau
Kirsten Dephoff
Michael Bauer
Choreographische Mitarbeit
Ramses Sigl
Rainer Karlitschek
Sören Eckhoff

Léonor de Guzman
Clémentine Margaine
Matthew Polenzani
Alphonse XI
Ludovic Tézier
Mika Kares
Don Gaspard
Matthew Grills
Anna El-Khashem
  • 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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Giacomo Sagripanti begann seine Karriere in Italien und Deutschland. Seither dirigierte er u. a. an der Semperoper Dresden, am Teatro La Fenice in Venedig, am Opernhaus Zürich, an der Oper Graz, an der Staatsoper Hamburg, an der Oper Frankfurt, am Kongelige Teater Kopenhagen, am Bolschoi-Theater in Moskau, am Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia, am Grand Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona und an der Opéra national de Paris sowie beim Rossini Festival in Pesaro, beim Glyndebourne Festival und in der Arena di Verona. Daneben widmet er sich dem symphonischen Repertoire u. a. am Pult des Philharmonischen Orchesters St. Petersburg und des RAI Orchestra in Turin. In der Spielzeit 2016/17 debütierte er mit La Cenerentola an der Bayerischen Staatsoper. (Stand: 2018)

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