Live stream of Verdi's Grand Opéra "Les Vêpres siciliennes"
On March 11 Giuseppe Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes celebrated its premiere in a new production at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Omer Meir Wellber, who recently conducted the new production of Andrea Chénier (2017), developed the new performance together with director Antú Romero Nunes. Audiences will already know Nunes from his production of Gioachino Rossini's Guillaume Tell (2014 festival).
On March 18, we will broadcast the performance of Les Vêpres siciliennes live on STAATSOPER.TV. The live stream will be available worldwide via www.staatsoper.tv and is part of our free live stream programme.
Les Vêpres siciliennes
Sun, 18 March 2018, 6 pm (CET)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Production: Antú Romero Nunes
With Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Bryan Hymel, George Petean, Erwin Schrott
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About the opera and the production
The opera is presented at the Bayerische Staatsoper in its French version for the first time. Les Vêpres siciliennes was Verdi's first opera written for Paris. He insisted on Eugène Scribe for the piece, Scribe being the most eminent French librettist of the day. The opera is one of Verdi's bleaker works, in which the characters appear to be closer to death than to life.
Les Vêpres siciliennes is set amid the French occupation of Sicily. The historical event of the Sicilian uprising of 1282 is freely interpreted in the opera. Director Antú Romero Nunes sees the piece as an experimental setting of what people are capable of doing. Giuseppe Verdi depicted a society dominated by betrayal and oppression. Oppression is found on two levels here: On the first the Sicilian people are oppressed by the French occupiers. On the second the women are oppressed by the belligerent world of the men. The women serve only to manifest male power. It is a bleak world, where it is difficult to find loyalty and allies. "It's thrilling to see what happens between these characters. The most perverse and impossible things happen within entirely archaic family relations. There are no trade-offs here, there is only: 'who oppresses who', and reconciliation remains the realm of Utopia," explains Antú Romero Nunes.