Engelberta - Teatro La Fenice


Tomaso Albinoni
from Thu 14.10.2021 to Sat 16.10.2021
Malibran Theatre
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Tomaso Albinoni, a prolific composer of concertos, also wrote some fifty full-scale operas, but only Zenobia and Statira are extant in complete form. Engelberta, on a libretto by the ‘reform’ poets Apostolo Zeno and Pietro Pariati, premiered at Venice’s Teatro San Cassiano during the Carnival season of 1709. According to recent research, Act IV and V might (or not) have been composed by Francesco Gasparini, who – however – took official credit for the whole score. The plot revolves around the figure of Engelberga, wife of the Carolingian emperor Ludwig II, here depicted as an unpretentious and gullible woman. Although this hardly matches the historical reality, it gives occasion to several arias in a tender, lyrical vein before her innocence triumphs in the end.

First performance in modern times


Lodovico II Miranda Ying Quan



Ligia Ishitani
Miao Tang


Sara Fogagnolo
Silvia Porcellini


Bonoso Yuxian Liu
Arrigo Yihao Duan


Ilaria Ospici
Marcus Dias


Xiangbo Zhang
Yangchun Ou


Conductor Francesco Erle

Director Francesco Bellotto
Sets Alessia Colosso
Costumes Carlos Tieppo
light designer Fabio Barettin

La Fenice production
with Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia

The performance lasts about 2 hours and 5 minutes

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