Sunday, August 12, 2007

Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia performed in Barcelona

Poison, murder, treason, incest. Gaetano Donizetti's opera Lucrezia Borgia depicts the darkest of the darkest themes of the 'black legend' of the Borgias. The opera is based on the drama Lucrèce Borgia by Victor Hugo adapted byFelice Romani in his libretto. It was set to music by Donizetti in 1833.
The plot of the story is quite thin, maybe owing to the fact that Hugo wrote his play in less than two weeks. It is about motherly love, forbidden relations, misunderstandings, jealousy at the court of Duke Alfonso d'Este and his Duchess Lucrezia Borgia, and it all ends very tragically.
See the wikipedia article
The music and singing however is beautiful. Listen to a sample on the website sung by Caballe and others.
The opera is not performed very often, so it is a rare opportunity to see and hear it played in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. The role of Lucrezia in the Barcelona performance will be taken by Edita Gruberova .To order your tickets for 22nd or 26th of February or on the 1st of March 2008 click the title of this post.

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