Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona



Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera in three acts Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, based on Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

World premiere: 26/09/1835 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. First Barcelona performance: 22/09/1838 at the Teatre de la Santa Creu. First Liceu performance:15/09/1859. Last Liceu performance: 04/12/2006 Number of Liceu performances: 277

lucia3 Family feuds, passion and madness

Scotland. Between two feuding families a love affair is born. Lucia and Edgardo secretly pledge themselves in marriage. But Lucia’s brother, who is bent on separating them, convinces Lucia that Edgardo has forgotten her and forces her to marry another man. Lucia goes mad, kills her bridegroom, and ultimately dies herself. When Edgardo finds out, he commits suicide to be reunited with her in death.

The world debut of Juan Diego Flórez in the role of Edgardo in Donizetti’s second most frequently staged work.
The set, dominated by a leaning glass tower amid a ravaged, desolate landscape, recalls that Scotland is at war, torn apart by the ambitions of rival factions.

To listen the broadcast on December 17th at 8 PM CET, click here

December 2015
Friday 4 20:00
Saturday 5 20:00
Monday 7 20:00
Thursday 10 20:00
Friday 11 20:00
Saturday 12 20:00
Monday 14 20:00
Tuesday 15 20:00
Thursday 17 20:00
Friday 18 20:00
Sunday 20 17:00
Wednesday 23 20:00
Sunday 27 18:00
Tuesday 29 20:00


First act: 41 min
Second act: 40 min
Interval: 30 min
Third act: 54 min

Total lenght: 2 h 50 min


Music director
Marco Armiliato

Stage director
Damiano Michieletto

Set design
Paolo Fantin

Carla Teti

Martin Gebhardt

Opernhaus Zürich

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

Chorus director
Conxita Garcia

Lucia di Lammermoor Elena Mosuc 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 Dec
María José Moreno 5, 10, 12, 15, 18, 27 and 29 Dec
Edgardo Juan Diego Flórez 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 Dec
Ismael Jordi 5, 10, 12, 15, 18, 27 and 29 Dec
Enrico Marco Caria 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 Dec
Giorgio Caoduro 5, 10, 12, 15, 18, 27 and 29 Dec
Raimondo Simón Orfila 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 Dec
Marko Mimica 5, 10, 12, 15, 18, 27 and 29 Dec
Arturo Albert Casals
Normano Jorge Rodríguez Norton
Alisa Sandra Ferrández
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80 years of Ero the Joker



Jakov Gotovac’s cult opera Ero the Joker directed by Kresimir Dolencic was performed on Monday November 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the world opening night. The world opening night was held on November 2, 1935.ero4

Ero s onoga svijeta (usually translated as Ero the Joker, literally Ero from the other world) is a comic opera in three acts by Jakov Gotovac, with a libretto by Milan Begović based on a folk tale. The genesis of the opera was at Vrlička Česma in the town of Vrlika, a hometown of Milan Begović.

According to Croatian musicologist Josip Andreis, Ero s onoga svijeta is “not only the most successful Croatian comic opera to this day, but also the only Croatian opera with a presence in the theaters abroad”. (Wikipedia)



Act I

On the threshing floor of the rich peasant, Marko, young women are singing while threshing grain. Only master Marko’s daughter Djula is sad: her mother had died and her stepmother, Doma, does not care for her at all. Djula’s voice awakes Mica, a young man whom nobody knows. While the women are comforting Djula and starting to sing again, Mica slides down from a big haystack on which he has been lying unnoticed – as if he had fallen from the sky. The superstitious women believe him when he says: “I am Ero from another world!” He starts dragging out a story about life up there, delivering messages from their deceased ones. Djula’s stepmother comes out and complains about their laziness. However, Mica sends her back into the kitchen by deceit, and thus, being left alone with Djula, tells her that her late mother has chosen him to be Djula’s husband. While they are discussing how to make her father, Marko, give his consent to their marriage, her father himself appears and drives Mica off, refusing to give shelter to a scoundrel. However, Doma has also heard about this young man from another world and so, after Marko leaves, she makes inquiries after her late husband, Matija. Having heard that he is angry about her new marriage and her lack of respect for him, he adds that his pockets are empty. She, in a pang of conscience, gives Mica a sock full of gold coins to give to Matija when he sees him. Ero joyfully leaves. However, when Marko finds out about the money, he gathers men to go after Mica/Ero.

Act II

In the mill. Sima, the miller, mills and sings joyfully until women crowd: each one is in a rush and he does not know how to please them. When Doma arrives with Djula insisting to be served at once, a quarrel bursts out. Djula tries to calm her stepmother down, but she turns against her and leaves furiously. Djula laments after her ill fate; Sima is comforting her and she leaves with women. But, here is Mica, running away. He disguises himself into a miller’s apprentice and meets the pursuit crying: yes, he has seen the swindler running towards the mountains! They leave their horses and continue the chase on foot. Djula comes back and he assures her that he took the coins just to make a joke out of it, and he persuades her to run away with him. When Marko and men return, a young shepherd comes informing them that he saw Mica and Djula running away riding Marko’s horse.


At the fair. Throng, howls and cheerfulness. Marko and Doma arrive quarrelling since he does not want to give her money for shopping. She leaves furiously. Sima, the miller, approaches Marko, telling him that Djula, in fact, married a rich boy from the neighbouring village and that they live a happy life. She is longing after her father, but Mica does not want to come unless Marko invites him. Marko agrees to send for him, and when Mica and Djula arrive dressed up, people give them a warm reception. And everything becomes clearer: following mother’s advice, Mica, pretending to be a poor boy, went to find a girl who will love him for what he is. Now, he is ready to give back the horse and money and he only asks for Marko’s blessing. Marko is happy for them and a big celebration begins, with a great round-dance in its finale.

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  • Marko, rich peasant, bass
  • Doma, his second wife, mezzo soprano
  • Đula, Marko’s daughter from the first marriage, soprano
  • Mića (Ero), young man from the nearby village, tenor
  • Sima, millman, baritone
  • Shepherd boy, child soprano
  • A young man, tenor
  • girls (6 solos), women (8 solos), men, shepherds, fruit-merchants (4 solos), merchants (4 solos), children and other village people.

The opera takes place in a small town, somewhere in the plain at the foothill of Dinara mountain in Herzegovina, in early autumn.



  • 3 Flauti (III muta in Piccolo), 2 Oboi, Corno Inglese, 3 Clarinetti, 2 Fagotti (II muta in Contrafagotto)
  • 4 Corni in F, 3 Trombe in C, 3 Tromboni, Tuba
  • Timpani, Percussioni, Arpa, Pianino
  • I Violini, II Violini, Viole, Violoncelli, Contrabassi
  • Sul palco: Organo


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MADAME BUTTERFLY in Warsaw, Poland


Music by Giacomo Puccini

Japanese tragedy in three acts
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
World premiere: 17 February 1904, Regio Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Polish premiere: 3 December 1908, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
Premiere of this production: 29 May 1999

In the original Italian with Polish surtitles

December 6, 2015


A great love story against the background of which a clash of cultures and attitudes makes itself manifest. A young American ladies’ man, Pinkerton, marries an adolescent Japanese geisha. Butterfly, fragile and delicate as indeed, a butterfly, gives herself over to him completely and trustfully.


The staging that can be seen in Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera is entirely stripped down from layers of tackiness and saccharine sentimentality, from the make-up of folkloristic Japonism. It shows us the calligraphic purity of a Japanese drawing, under the surface of which great emotions are throbbing and exploding — love first and foremost, a force moving the Sun and flowers.


This masterly staging brings back to Giacomo Puccini’s opera the beauty and sharpness of a Buddhist parable about fidelity. The show constitutes the first and instantly brilliant flash of Mariusz Treliński and Boris Kudlička director/designer duo’s talent. It was created in collaboration with the choreographer Emil Wesołowski, and following its Polish premiere in 1999 has been staged almost every year in various theatres in Italy, Spain, Russia, United States and Israel.



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Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

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Giuseppe Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes performed for the first time in Croatia


HNK_croatian_logoThe Zagreb Opera has performed  on Thursday November 5, 2015 at 7 p.m. The premiere was held on October 24, 2015 and it was the first ever held performances of this opera in Croatia, This really unique score presents the loved Verdi in a different manner; Verdi who experiments especially with the orchestra. The work, famous for its remarkable overture that announces all the complexity of the music score, had been prepared by conductor Niksa Bareza and stage director Janusz Kica with a large number of soloist, the CNT Choir and Orchestra. The set designer is Marko Japelj, the costume designer is Doris Kristic, the light designer is Aljaz Zaletel, choreographer Leonard Jakovina, and choir leader is Nina Cosetto.



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3 Dec. – 12 Dec., 2015


2015/2016 Season
Music by Giuseppe VERDI
Opera in 3 acts
Sung in Italian with Japanese supertitles
Opera Palace


Falstaff is the last of VERDI’s operas, and is based on SHAKESPEARE’s Merry Wives of Windsor. It is considered the crowning work of comedy in the history of Italian opera. The work requires the highest degree of precise ensemble singing throughout, typified first and foremost in the final fugue (Tutto nel mondo è burla, or “All the world’s a joke”) sung by the whole cast.
This ​Jonathan MILLER’s production ​will be staged for the first time since 2007.
Georgian baritone George GAGNIZDE will make his ​debut in the title role ​under the baton of Maestro Yves ABEL​.


falstaff_tokyo15Conductor Yves ABEL 1

Production Jonathan MILLER 2

Scenery and Costume Design Isabella BYWATER

Lighting Design Peter PETSCHNIG



Sir John Falstaff George GAGNIDZE 3

Ford Massimo CAVALLETTI 4

Fenton YOSHIDA Hiroyuki 5

Dr. Cajus Matsuura Ken 6


Bardolfo ITOGA Shuhei 7

Pistola TSUMAYA Hidekazu 8

Mrs. Alice Ford Aga MIKOLAJ 9

Nannetta YASUI Yoko 10

falstaff_tokyo15cMrs. Quickly Elena ZAREMBA 11

Mrs. Meg Page MASUDA Yayoi 12

Chorus New National Theatre Chorus

Orchestra Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra


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Act I
The Garter Inn. Dr. Caius bursts into Sir John Falstaff’s room in the Garter Inn, accusing him of unseemly behavior the previous night. He further accuses Falstaff’s two henchmen, Bardolph and Pistol, of having robbed him while he was drunk. Unable to obtain reparations, Dr. Caius leaves in a fury. Falstaff contemplates the large bill he has run up at the inn. He informs Bardolph and Pistol that in order to repair his finances he plans to seduce Alice Ford and Meg Page, both wives of prosperous Windsor citizens. When Bardolph and Pistol refuse to deliver the letters Falstaff has written to the two ladies, Falstaff instructs a page to do so instead. He then ridicules Bardolph and Pistol’s newly discovered sense of honor, before throwing them out of his room.

The Garter Inn. Alice Ford and Meg Page laugh over the identical love letters they have received from Sir John Falstaff. They share their amusement with Alice’s daughter Nannetta, and with their friend Mistress Quickly. Ford arrives, followed by four men all proffering advice: Dr. Caius, whom Ford favors as Nannetta’s future husband; Bardolph and Pistol, who are now seeking advantageous employment from Ford; and Fenton, who is in love with Ford’s daughter Nannetta. When Ford learns of Falstaff’s plan to seduce his wife, he immediately becomes jealous. While Alice and Meg plan how to take revenge on their importunate suitor, Ford decides to disguise himself in order to pay a visit to Falstaff. Unnoticed in the midst of all the commotion, Nannetta and Fenton manage to steal a few precious moments together.

Act II
The Garter Inn. Feigning penitence, Bardolph and Pistol rejoin Falstaff’s service. They show in Mistress Quickly, who informs Falstaff that both Alice and Meg are madly in love with him. She explains that it will be easier to seduce Alice, since her husband is out of the house every afternoon, between two and three. Falstaff joyously anticipates his seduction of Alice. Bardolph now announces that a “Mister Brook” (Ford in disguise) wishes to speak to Falstaff. To Falstaff’s surprise, “Brook” offers him wine and money if he will seduce Alice Ford, explaining that he has long been in love with the lady, but to no avail. If she were to be seduced by the more experienced Falstaff, she might then be more likely to fall a second time and accept “Brook.” Falstaff agrees to the plan, telling his surprised new friend that he already has a rendezvous with Alice that very afternoon. As Falstaff leaves to prepare himself, Ford gives way to jealous rage. When Falstaff returns, dressed in his best clothes, the two men exchange compliments before leaving together.

Ford’s house. Mistress Quickly, Alice and Meg are preparing for Falstaff’s visit. Nannetta tearfully tells her mother that her father insists on her marrying Dr. Caius, but Alice tells her daughter not to worry. Falstaff arrives and begins his seduction of Alice, nostalgically boasting of his aristocratic youth as page to the Duke of Norfolk. As Falstaff becomes more amorous, Meg Page interrupts the tête-à-tête, as planned, to announce (in jest) that Ford is approaching. But just at that point Mistress Quickly suddenly returns in a panic to inform Alice that Ford really is on his way, and in a jealous temper. As Ford rushes in with a group of townsfolk, the terrified Falstaff seeks a hiding place, eventually ending up in a large laundry basket. Fenton and Nannetta also hide. Ford and the other men ransack the house. Hearing the sound of kissing, Ford is convinced that he has found his wife and her lover Falstaff together, but is furious to discover Nannetta and Fenton instead. While Ford argues with Fenton, Alice instructs her servants to empty the laundry basket out of the window. To general hilarity, Falstaff is thrown into the River Thames.

Outside the Garter Inn. A wet and bruised Falstaff laments the wickedness of the world, but soon cheers up with a glass of mulled wine. Mistress Quickly persuades him that Alice was innocent of the unfortunate incident at Ford’s house. To prove that Alice still loves him, she proposes a new rendezvous that night in Windsor Great Park. In a letter that Quickly gives to Falstaff, Alice asks the knight to appear at midnight, disguised as the Black Huntsman. Ford, Nannetta, Meg, and Alice prepare the second part of their plot: Nannetta will be Queen of the Fairies and the others, also in disguise, will help to continue Falstaff’s punishment. Ford secretly promises Caius that he will marry Nannetta that evening. Mistress Quickly overhears them.

Windsor Great Park. As Fenton and Nannetta are reunited, Alice explains her plan to trick Ford into marrying them. They all hide as Falstaff approaches. On the stroke of midnight, Alice appears. She declares her love for Falstaff, but suddenly runs away, saying that she hears spirits approaching. Nannetta, disguised as the Queen of the Fairies, summons her followers who attack the terrified Falstaff, pinching and poking him until he promises to give up his dissolute ways. In the midst of the assault Falstaff suddenly recognizes Bardolph, and realizes that he has been tricked. While Ford explains that he was “Brook,” Quickly scolds Falstaff for his attempts at seducing two younger, virtuous women. Falstaff accepts that he has been made a figure of fun, but points out that he remains the real source of wit in others. Dr. Caius now comes forward with a figure in white. They are to be married by Ford. Alice brings forward another couple, who also receive Ford’s blessing. When the brides remove their veils it is revealed that Ford has just married Fenton to Nannetta, and Dr. Caius to Bardolph. With everyone now laughing at his expense, Ford has no choice but to forgive the lovers and bless their marriage. Before sitting down to a wedding supper with Sir John Falstaff, the entire company agrees that the whole world may be nothing but a jest filled with jesters, but he who laughs last, laughs best. —Robert Carsen

Reprinted courtesy of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
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The Vocal Score of IL CAVALIERE ERRANTE by Tommaso Traetta published for the first time…


Vocal Score/Riduzione per Canto e Pianoforte
Edited by: Vito Clemente and Roberto Duarte
Copyright @ 2015 Idea Press Musical Edition USA

All rights reserved: Traetta Opera Festival
Published by: Idea Press USA

Il Cavaliere Errante, dramma eroicomico (1778) appartiene all’ultimo periodo creativo di Tommaso Traetta: qui ha innanzi tutto sviluppato il lato amabile del suo talento sino all’originalità ed ha acquisito leggerezza nell’espressione musicale. L’opera è in sostanza una favola: un principe spagnolo fa rapire la dama della quale è innamorato, la confina in un’isola incantata e lì, con i sortilegi di un mago, tenta di convincerla a sposarlo. La dama è però innamorata del Cavaliere Errante che, grazie all’aiuto di una maga buona ed insieme al fedele servo, riesce ad annullare i sortilegi, a liberare l’amata e a sposarla.

La partitura è ricca di parodie, di recitativi ed arie virtuosistiche per tutti i personaggi e presenta alcuni tòpoi utilizzati dai suoi successori, da Mozart a Rossini.

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Il Cavaliere Errante (The Errant Knight), a comic-heroic drama, belongs to the last creative period of Tommaso Traetta: here he first developed the amiable side of his talent arriving to originality and acquired lightness in his musical expression.The opera is essentially a fairy tale: a Spanish prince makes his men abduct the lady whom he is in love with, he holds her prisoner in an enchanted island, and there, with the aid of the spells of a magician, tries to convince her to marry him. The lady, however, is in love with the Errant Knight who, with the help of a good witch and with his faithful servant, is able to dissolve the incantations, free his beloved and marry her.

The score is full of parodies, recitatives and virtuosic arias for all the characters and presents some topoi used by his successors, from Mozart to Rossini.

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Penned up on Lake Geneva. OPERA-FILM REVIEW BY LINDAANN LOSCHIAVO: “Villa Diodati” by Mira J. Spektor.

Reviewed by LindaAnn Loschiavo

diodatiPlaqueMissed your engraved invitation to spend the summer of 1816 on Lake Geneva with Lord Byron, Shelley, Mary Godwin, and their entourage? Composer Mira J. Spektor, founder of The Aviva Players, wants to invoke their spirits and make it up to you.

First a little background.  Lord Byron [1788— 1824] rented the Swiss mansion Villa Diodati and vacationed there with his moody physician, John Polidori [1795—1821]. Mary Godwin [1797—1851] and Percy Bysshe Shelley [1792—1822], renting nearby, dropped in often. Thanks to unseasonably cool, rainy June weather, the friends holed up for three days inside the villa, spinning ghost stories to pass the time. Only two narratives were completed and published. Mary’s monster tale became “Frankenstein” and Polidori’s title was “The Vampyre.”

Still from "Villa Diodati" by Bank Street Films, based on Mira K. Spektor's opera about the origin of the Frankenstein story.  The villa is seen in fog in this shot.

Still from “Villa Diodati” by Bank Street Films, based on Mira K. Spektor’s opera about the origin of the Frankenstein story. The villa is seen in fog in this shot.

Unfortunately, Dr. Polidori (who was there, pen in hand) is not a character in Spektor’s opera, which has been in development since 1993 (or so) and was filmed in 2012 at York Theatre, Saint Peter’s Church, New York City. The 73-minute performance starts and ends with an anemic interlude featuring a modern couple not interesting enough to care about. The frame story— —used as a bridge to link the present day to 1816— —concerns an American man (tenor Mike Longo), vaguely ill and awaiting a diagnosis, who forges ahead by train to Villa Diodati with his amiable wife (mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky), where they will morph into characters from the past. Then, at last, the alluring Romantic poets do appear onstage with their ladies, 19-year-old Mary (soprano Angela Leson), and her 18-year-old half-sister Claire Clairmont [1798–1879] (soprano Rachel Zatcoff), along with a maidservant (soprano Hillary Schranze).

Still from "Villa Diodati" by Bank Street Films, based on Mira K. Spektor's opera about the origin of the Frankenstein story.

Still from “Villa Diodati” by Bank Street Films, based on Mira K. Spektor’s opera about the origin of the Frankenstein story.

As expected, there is plenty of sublime poetry, each poem sung like an aria. A classic text paired with music sounds like an interesting idea, doesn’t it? The question is whether or not the creative team has found a valid new way to illuminate and dramatize the work. That’s most definitely not the case with this hybrid. One problem is that the verses written two centuries ago were not intended to show character development nor advance a plot. Consequently, they stop the action cold. Therefore, in order to overcompensate for these poem-pauses, there must also be riveting storytelling, dramatic tension, conflict, inner turmoil. In the most memorable operas, a dilemma must be resolved, a lover’s desire is thwarted, a heroine is faced with an impossible choice, and so on. Alas, to its detriment, there is no gripping narrative arc here.

Still from "Villa Diodati" by Bank Street Films, based on Mira K. Spektor's opera about the origin of the Frankenstein story.

Still from “Villa Diodati” by Bank Street Films, based on Mira K. Spektor’s opera about the origin of the Frankenstein story.

diodatiposterAt one point, the shape of a subplot emerges: Claire confides in Mary that she is carrying Byron’s child and wants to tell him. Mary disagrees. [Hooray! Conflict!] Then it gets muddled. At first the couple is shown cuddling on the floor, all lovey-dovey. But Claire never tells Byron (tenor Jeremy J. Moore) about the pregnancy. [Why not?] Abruptly he declares it’s over because Claire spread gossip about him to reporters. Why raise the thorny issue of a pregnancy and then stifle a confrontation about it? Perhaps Mira Spektor did this to keep the focus on the happier couple, Percy and Mary, and their arias. But without anything amiss between them, there’s little to raise the stakes. While there is interesting staging for Mary’s nightmarish visions that inspire Frankenstein, the woman herself never quite breathes. In fact, feisty and troubled Claire Clairmont ends up having more narrative and emotional weight than Mary.

Historical illustration from the 19th Century, Villa Diodati, an estate on Lake Geneva in Cologny, a resident of George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron B...

Historical illustration from the 19th Century, Villa Diodati, an estate on Lake Geneva in Cologny, a residence of George Gordon Noel Byron.

Director Rob Urbinati positioned Rachel Arky, in modern shoes and attire, onstage for the entire production and this was peculiar. Why is this tourist here? Then, without a costume change, she becomes Mary Wollstonecraft [1759—1797], Mary’s dead mother. She’s given a haunting song about death surrounding her daughter, which foretells who will die and when. It’s a good device but it would have been more effective to bring her onstage at that moment and barefoot, like all good ghosts. (The other female characters are shod in period footwear.)

Yes, many of us treasure these poems but the payoff of the music, though sung very nicely, does not save the film from its own stasis and dramatic flatness.

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“Villa Diodati” | Bank Street Films |
Mira J. Spektor (music and libretto) and Colette Inez (lyrics and libretto)
The Cast:
Rachel Arky, mezzo-soprano (tourist/ mother);
Angela Leson, soprano (Mary Godwin);
Mike Longo, tenor (tourist/ Shelley);
Jeremy J. Moore, tenor (Lord Bryon);
Hillary Schranze, soprano (maid);
Rachel Zatcoff, soprano (Claire Clairmont);
Arkady Orlovsky, cello; Barbara Ames, piano; produced by Gabriel Nussbaum for Bank Street Films, directed for the stage by Rob Urbinati with musical direction by Barbara Ames.

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