Kings, queens, and their favourites… Or how, in pandemic times, our artists refuse to give up. Now that the grandiose Donizetti project Bastarda (about the life of Elizabeth I) has been postponed, the team has come up with a new, but related project. Exploring the bel canto repertoire and the impact of song, the conflict between love and power is further examined through illustrative figures such as Elizabeth I. Over two evenings, you will be served up the highlights of Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra and Donizetti’s La favorita. While both of these operas may take liberties with the historical record, the ‘beautiful singing’ of this cast will more than make up for that.
The King and his Favourite
Outside Italy, La favorita is best known in the original French version that Gaetano Donizetti composed for the Paris Opéra (1840). Apart from a few modifications, both works tell the same story. Against the background of the struggle for power between Church and State, King Alfonso XI of Castille seeks to rid himself of his lawful spouse, in favour of his mistress and ‘favourite’ Leonora. But the usual lieto fine (happy ending) of early-nineteenth-century opera (see Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra) has by now made way for a tragic dénouement.
Chorus masterJORDI BLANCH TORDERA
Don GasparoGAVAN RING
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Production La Monnaie / De Munt