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LA MONNAIE DE MUNT

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Opera

BASTARDA

Presentation
Beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married— Elizabeth I

A ‘Virgin Queen’ with numerous male ‘favourites’, a bastard child who went on to become an adored monarch: Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603) has, for centuries, fascinated historians, poets, playwrights, painters, and composers. Gaetano Donizetti devoted no fewer than four of his operas to the Elizabethan era: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth (1829), Anna Bolena (1830), Maria Stuarda (1834), and Roberto Devereux (1837).

In Bastarda, the director Olivier Fredj and the conductor Francesco Lanzillotta have reforged this unofficial Tudor tetralogy to create an ambitious epic, over two evenings of opera, recounting the life of Elizabeth I. From the musical and dramatic highlights of the original works, they have distilled a completely new score and drama, which grapples with the queen’s life story and her complex personality: that of a woman who, despite her power, is torn between affairs of state and her most intimate feelings.

The result is a six-hour operatic marathon, divided into two evenings: ‘For better, for worse...’, tells the story of Elizabeth’s childhood and her sudden accession to the throne, while ‘...Till death do us part’ recounts her inevitable decline. For this epic project, the director and the conductor have surrounded themselves with a number of big names. Urs Schönebaum, for example – who regularly designs for, among others, Robert Wilson and the choreographer Sasha Waltz – to develop the sets and lighting, and the Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood (famous for her collaborations with Tim Burton) to take charge of the costumes.

Cast
Cast

Conductor & musical arrangements FRANCESCO LANZILLOTTA
 Artistic concept, script & DirectorOLIVIER FREDJ
Artistic collaborationCECILIA LIGORIO
Set design & lightingURS SCHÖNEBAUM
CostumesCOLLEEN ATWOOD
VideoSARAH DERENDINGER
ChoreographerAVSHALOM POLLAK
DramaturgyCECILIA LIGORIO, MARIE MERGEAY
Chorus masterJORDI BLANCH TORDERA

ElisabettaDAVINIA RODRIGUEZ
Anna BolenaSALOME JICIA
Percy & LeicesterENEA SCALA
EnricoLUCA TITTOTO
Giovanna Seymour & SaraRAFFAELLA LUPINACCI
SmeatonDAVID HANSEN
CecilGAVAN RING
Amalia RobsartVALENTINA MASTRANGELO
Maria StuardaLENNEKE RUITEN
Roberto DevereuxSERGEY ROMANOVSKY
NottinghamVITTORIO PRATO

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
La Monnaie Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux

ProductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIE

Dates & tickets

Dates

  • Tue 09 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Wed 10 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’

  • Fri 12 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Sun 14 Mar 2021

    Time

    15:00

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’

  • Tue 16 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Thu 18 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’

  • Sat 20 Mar 2021

    Time

    15:00

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Sun 21 Mar 2021

    Time

    15:00

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’

  • Tue 23 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Wed 24 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’

  • Fri 26 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Sun 28 Mar 2021

    Time

    15:00

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’

  • Tue 30 Mar 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Thu 01 Apr 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’

  • Sat 03 Apr 2021

    Time

    14:00

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 1 : ‘For better, for worse...’

  • Sat 03 Apr 2021

    Time

    19:30

    Venue

    La Monnaie

    Infos

    Bastarda 2 : ‘…Till death do us part’