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Engelberta
Tomaso Albinoni
from Thu 14.10.2021 to Sat 16.10.2021
Malibran Theatre
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Engelberta

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

CAST

Lodovico II Miranda Ying Quan

 

Engelberta

Ligia Ishitani
Miao Tang

 

Metilde
Sara Fogagnolo
Silvia Porcellini

 

Bonoso Yuxian Liu
Arrigo Yihao Duan

 

Ernesto
Ilaria Ospici
Marcus Dias

 

Ottone
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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