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Roberto Devereux

Roberto Devereux

In the last and most dramatic aria in ‘’Roberto Devereux’’, one of the four Tudor period operas composed by Donizetti in 1837 (along with ‘’Anna Bolena’’, ‘’Maria Stuarda’’ and ‘’Il Castello di Kenilworth’’), the protagonist, Queen Elizabeth I of England, exclaims: “I do not reign, I do not live”. This statement encapsulates great operatic themes, and it is the culmination of an opera that reveals the passions of characters who live among palace intrigues. Written in the mature period of the leader of Italian romanticism, the opera displays a great vocal virtuosity, and is an example of Donizetti prizing the voice above all in the genre. The staging, by South African director Alessandro Talevi, who has been very successful in great opera houses as well as with more experimental theatre, places the play in an undetermined period, focusing on the chiaroscuro. Bruno Campanella conducts the production with Mariella Devia (Award Winner Singer of the Year at the Opera Awards 2016), Silvia Tro Santafé and Gregory Kunde in the main roles.

 Read more Read less Duration: 137 Min
  • Music: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano after J-F Ancelot
  • Company: Teatro Real Madrid
  • Elisabetta: Mariella Devia
  • Lord Duca Di Nottingham: Marco Caria
  • Sara: Silvia Tro Santafé
  • Roberto Devereux: Gregory Kunde
  • Lord Guglielmo Cecil: Juan Antonio Sanabria
  • Sir Gualtiero Raleigh: Andrea Mastroni

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