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Conductor : 
Speranza Scappucci
Director : 
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Marc Laho, Elaine Alvarez, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Ivan Thirion, Pietro Picone, Natacha Kowalski, Patrick Delcour
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Dates : 
Fri, 17/03/2017 to Sat, 25/03/2017

First time at the Opera.

Roger, a jealous lover, kills his brother Raymond by mistake. Full of remorse, he goes into exile in the Holy Land. He helps the crusaders to liberate Jerusalem and renounces love. Gaston, lover of Hélène, accused of murder, goes into exile too. The prisoner of the Emir, he is joined by his belle. The crusaders liberate the city. Injured, Roger admits his crime before dying.


Following the triumph of Nabucco, Verdi composed in 1843, for La Scala in Milan, a new work with patriotic overtones, I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata. The subject sets a terrifying family history that tells the amorous rivalries of two brothers in the context of the First Crusade. Besides the magnificent arias and duets, the chorus, incarnating the crusaders, unfolds numerous anthems that quickly became the symbol of the Risorgimento. The composer therefore presented himself more and more as a major player in Italy’s unification and independence.

In 1847, Verdi was asked by the directors of the Paris Opera to produce a new opera. Tired and overwhelmed by his numerous engagements, he was almost willing to turn down the invitation. But who could resist the call of Paris, the window onto the whole world? He decided to remodel I Lombardi, an opera that was unknown in Paris. After all, the maestro Rossini had proceeded no differently by transforming Maometto II into Siège de Corinthe for the City of Light. The work, following a complete remake of the action and a drastic reduction of peripheral intrigues, became Jérusalem, a grand opera à la française. As a historical irony, Verdi was to re-translate the work into Italian under the name of Gerusalemme one month after its Paris premiere!

In order to conduct this masterpiece presented for the first time on our stage, we are pleased to welcome the young and talented conductor Speranza Scappucci, who has already appeared in the greatest theatres and festivals (New York, Vienna, Zurich, Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Macerata, and more). There is no doubt that she will bring her sensitivity to this score of an extraordinary musical and dramatic richness.


All opera performances are preceded by an introduction to the show that is open to all. The appointment is set 30 minutes before the performance in the company of a lecturer for a presentation that is pertinent to the work.