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Gaetano Donizetti: ROBERTO DEVEREUX

Unique adaptation of a unique bel canto opera

Place of Performance
Historická budova

Opera Roberto Devereux draws the theme from English history and it is the third portrayal of the Queen Elizabeth I. As the last living daughter of Henry VIII. and Anna Boleyn she took the throne of England in 1558. This strong character inspired Gaetano Donizetti the first time in opera Elisabetta all Castello di Kenilworth, that was written by Walter Scott. The second time, he confronts Queen Elizabeth with Scotch Queen Maria Stuart, following Schiller’s drama. And thirdly, in Roberto Devereux, he deals with her dramatic relationship to the Count of Essex. The score was written in the time of the composer’s deep life crisis. In a close succession he lost his parents, experienced a dead baby childbirth and another child short-lived, and eventually he lost his wife. The opera was premiered with great success on 29 October 1837 in Neapolitan Teatro San Carlo.

One year later Parisian 'Théâtre Italien' presented a modified version. Its overture contains motive of English anthem God Save the Queen. Roberto Devereux, like most bel canto classic operas, disappeared from world stages for quite some time but returned back during the renaissance of classic opera in the middle of the last century.

Libretto:Salvadore Cammarano
Music preparation:Peter Valentovič
Directed by:Anton Korenči
Motion cooperation:Andrej Petrovič
Stage cooperation:Pavol Juráš
Costume design:Mitzy von Hoffmann
Light design:Robert Farkaš
Videoprojection:Jakub Pišek, Bea Kolbašovská
Dramaturgy:Stanislav Trnovský
Conductor:Peter Valentovič, Vinicius Kattah
Choirmaster:Lukáš Kozubík
Assistant director:Zuzana Kundrátová
Concertmaster:Peter Michalík
Piano Accompanists:Júlia Grejtáková, Jan Novobilský, Daniel Motyka
Stage managers:Viera Hronská, Magdaléna Kovalčíková
Whisperer:Magdaléna Kovalčíková, Anna Szekeressová


Elisabetta, Queen of England:Eva Bodorová - Michaela Várady
The Duke of Nottingham:Marián Lukáč - Marek Gurbaľ
Sara, Duchess of Nottingham:Elena Maximova - Myroslava Havryliuk
Roberto Devereux:Juraj Hollý - David Astorga
Lord Cecil:Anton Baculík - Maksym Kutsenko
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh:Michal Onufer - Martin Kovács
A page:László Havasi - Krisztián Kokolusz
A servant of Nottingham:László Havasi - Krisztián Kokolusz
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