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GIORGIO BATTISTELLI, RICHARD III



Venice: La Fenice Opera House

Conductor: Tito Ceccherini

Director: Robert Carsen

Sets & Costumes: Radu and Miruna Boruzescu

running time: 2h30'

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fri

2018-06-29

19:00

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sun

2018-07-01

15:30

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tue

2018-07-03

19:00

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thu

2018-07-05

19:00

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sat

2018-07-07

15:30

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cast

Richard III Gidon Saks
Duchess of York Sara Fulgoni
Clarence e Tyrrel Christopher Lemmings

Conductor Tito Ceccherini
Director Robert Carsen
Sets & Costumes Radu and Miruna Boruzescu

La Fenice Choir & Orchestra
Chorus Master Claudio Marino Moretti

world Italian premiere
La Fenice production

english surtitles







This opera was inspired by Richard III, a leading figure in English history for better and for worse. Suffering from physical and psychological deformities, his hunger for power was so great that he annihilated his own family. In Battistelli’s work, he takes on moving and ironic characteristics able to seduce his victims and the audience with the histrionic charisma of a diabolic leader that actually conceals his frailty. From a musical point of view, Richard is all-encompassing: he interacts with all the characters as well as the orchestra flaunting a multiple personality that is unpredictable, erratic, insecure and unmerciful. The voice, like the character it depicts, demands absolute sovereignty, able to deliver the role with forceful interpretive impact as well as give a strong virtuoso vocal performance. The libretto retraces the Shakespearean tragedy alternating powerful theatrical scenes of war and prayer with choral voices depicting various roles. At times the chorus has strong moments centre stage of the action, at other times it withdraws into a ‘controcanto’ commenting the events like an observer in the manner of Greek tragedies.