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Roberto Devereux: Seville Opera House

Seville, Teatro de la Maestranza — Sala Principal

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Immerse yourself in the stunning architecture of Seville's breathtaking Teatro de la Maestranza for the ultimate concert set to awake your understanding of opera.

Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. Premiere at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, October 29, 1837

Bel Canto, the burning ice

Can an earthly power save us from old age and death? Can you force a person to love someone you don't really love? Queen Elizabeth I of England loves Roberto Devereux. But: he loves someone else. With her leadership defeated by heartbreak and decay, the queen falters. She sings, 'I no longer reign, I no longer live…'. Passion and palace conspiracies intertwine in Roberto Devereux (1837), a mature opera by Gaetano Donizetti. The last work in his trilogy of 'Tudor Queens,' Maestranza completes its cycle to coincide with the 225th birthday of the Bergamo composer. The opera is based on historical facts but romanticized into an exaggerated romantic tragedy that demands feverish vocal virtuosity. Canarian Yolanda Auyanet and Jerez tenor Ismael Jordi, a master of bel canto returning to our theater, tackle two of the most demanding roles in the repertoire. Canadian conductor Yves Abel is a specialist in Italian opera, who has had triumphs in Berlin, Vienna and New York. The production is from Welsh National Opera and has been successful at major European opera houses.

Fiery passion, political intrigue, jealousy, abuse of authority and revenge. Love and death in Roberto Devereux, the zenith of bel canto, enters the stage for the first time in La Maestranza.

Cast / Production

Musical director: Yves Abel
Stage Director: Alessandro Talevi
Set and costume designer: Madeleine Boyd
Lighting design: Matthew Haskins
Scenic movement: Maxine Braham
Production, Welsh National Opera

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Coro Teatro de la Maestranza

Elisabetta: Yolanda Auyanet
The Duke of Nottingham: Franco Vassallo
Sarah, Duchess of Nottingham: Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Roberto Devereux: Ismael Jordi
Lord Cecil: Alejandro del Cerro
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh: Javier Castañeda
Page / Family of Nottingham: Ricardo Llamas


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