La vita è sogno by Malipiero - Teatro La Fenice | Venice


La vita è sogno

Gianfrancesco Malipiero
Malibran Theatre

La vita è sogno by Gian Francesco Malipiero will be revived by the Teatro La Fenice eighty years after its Venetian premiere on 24 April 1944. Based on the play of the same name by Calderón de la Barca, the opera belongs to a creative phase of the Venetian musician, who is renowned for his prolific opera production. His work is generally characterised by a rejection of the drama-musical conventions of 18th-century opera and his predilection for the Commedia dell’Arte. However, La vita è sogno – along with other works, composed between 1936 and 1943 and based on great theatre ‘classics’ – represents ‘a lyrical parenthesis’, as the author himself described it, with an approach that draws closer to traditional opera, and is characterised by a limited use of the recitative and a coherent development of the action. What remains, however, is the articulation of juxtaposed ‘panels’ that is typical of Malipiero’s music.


New production
Missing roles are going to be defined and we will publish them soon


Il re Riccardo Zanellato
Il principe Leonardo Cortellazzi
Estrelle Francesca Gerbasi
Don Arias / Uno della folla Levent Bakirci
Clotaldo Simone Alberghini
Diana Veronica Simeoni
Servo di Diana / Uno scudiero del Re Enrico Di Geronimo


La Fenice Orchestra & Choir
Conductor Francesco Lanzillotta
Director Valentino Villa
Sets Massimo Checchetto
Costumes Elena Cicorella

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