I due foscari - Teatro La Fenice


I due foscari

Giuseppe Verdi
La Fenice Opera House

Composed during the summer of 1844, I due Foscari belongs to a period of backbreaking work that Verdi called his “years of jail”. The plot, from Lord Byron’s same-named drama, was adapted into a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, and the opera debuted on November 3 at Rome’s Teatro Argentina. 1457: Jacopo Foscari, a young Venetian nobleman, returns to his hometown after being exiled for alleged murder. Indicted of new political counts, he is sentenced to lifetime exile. His father, the aging Doge Francesco Foscari, is powerless to save him. Although the real murderer avows his crime, Jacopo dies upon leaving the shores of Venice. Loredano, a sworn enemy of the Foscaris, completes his vengeance by rousing the Council of Ten and Senators to demand the Doge’s resignation. As his successor is enthroned, he dies of a broken heart.

The Opera lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval

English surtitles
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino production


Francesco Foscari Luca Salsi
Jacopo Foscari Francesco Meli


Lucrezia Contarini
Anastasia Bartoli (6, 8, 12, 14/10)
Marigona Qerkezi (10/ 10)


Pisana Carlotta Vichi
Jacopo Loredano Riccardo Fassi
Barbarigo Marcello Nardis


Un fante del Consiglio dei Dieci
Alessandro Vannucci (6, 10, 14/10)
Victor Hernan Godoy (8, 12/10)


Un servo del doge
Antonio Casagrande (6, 10, 14/10)
Enzo Borghetti (8, 12/10)


La Fenice Orchestra & Choir
Conductor Sebastiano Rolli
Chorus master Alfonso Caiani
Director Grischa Asagaroff
Sets & Costumes Luigi Perego
light desgner Valerio Tiberi
Choreographer Cristiano Colangelo

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