La Donna del lago

Season : 
2017-2018
Length : 
3:05
Song language : 
Italian
Conductor : 
Michele Mariotti
Director : 
Damiano Michieletto
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Salome Jicia, Marianna Pizzolato, Maxim Mironov, Sergei Romanovsky, Simón Orfila, Denzil Delaere, Julie Bailly
Number of performances : 
5
Dates : 
Sat, 05/05/2018 to Tue, 15/05/2018

Last performance at the Opera : February 2003.

To a background of rivalries in Scotland between the King and the rebels in the 16th century, Elena, the daughter of a dissident chief, is promised in wedlock to one of the rebels. She does not love him and pours out her sadness every day on the shores of Lake Katrina. She arouses the passion of a hunter, Uberto, who is in fact the King in disguise. Having triumphed, the monarch forgives his enemies and marries the beautiful Elena.

 


 
THE FIRST ROMANTIC OPERA

The theme of La Donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake) was ideal for the development of a first romantic work: its ingredients are the mysteriousness of Scotland, wild countryside, patriotic rivalries, the omnipresence of hate and death and then the emergence, in a hostile environment, of love. This was the first musical adaptation of a work by Walter Scott and it gave rise to a wealth of works inspired by both the English author during the 19th century and the romantic bel canto.

Far from the young Rossini’s farces and archaic dramas, The Lady of the Lake, first performed in 1819, was not well received before going on to encounter triumph, only to sink into oblivion for more than a century. Nevertheless, the work is appealing and contains some of the most ardent and valorous melodies in opera as well as exceptionally richly crafted writing. The role of Elena, written for the great Isabella Colbran, is enhanced by first-rate masculine voices. This production is the fruit of a collaboration with the Rossini Opera Festival, where it was triumphantly received in the summer of 2016.


 

CURTAIN-RAISERS (for all)
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.