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Royal Theater of La Monnaie
March 2023

According to Gaetano Donizetti

"Virgin Queen" charmer, bastard child and mythical monarch, Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) has aroused fascination for several centuries - among historians, poets, playwrights, painters and composers. Gaetano Donizetti dedicated no less 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).

With Bastarda, the director and designer of the project Olivier Fredj and the conductor Francesco Lanzillotta propose to recast this unofficial tetralogy in an ambitious fresco in two evenings retracing the life of Elizabeth I. From emblematic moments of the four operas by Donizetti, it is a new score that will be composed for the benefit of an unprecedented dramaturgy. From a perspective that is both historical and psychological, the project explores the complex figure of a woman of power divided between reason of state and her most intimate feelings.

The result is a six-hour lyrical marathon, divided into two evenings: "For better, for worse ..." which relates Elizabeth's childhood and accession to the throne, and "Till death do us part" which relates its inevitable decline. To carry out this great epic, Olivier Fredj has surrounded himself with an exceptional team with, in particular, Urs Schönebaum for the lighting and the scenography, as well as the designer Petra Reinhardt for the costumes ...

It's easy.

Staging                      OLIVIER FREDJ

Backdrops  and Lights                  URS SCHOENBAUM

Costumes                          PETRA REINHARDT

Videos                             SARAH DERENDINGER


Choreographies                      AVSHALOM POLLAK   

Artistic collaboration                CECILIA LIGORIO


Elisabetta                   DAVINIA RODRIGUEZ, FRANCESCA SASSU
Anna bolena                 SALOME JICIA
Leicester                    ENEA SCALA
Enrico                     LUCA TITTOTO
Giovanna Seymour & Sara        RAFFAELLA LUPINACCI
Smeaton                    DAVID HANSEN
Cecil                       GAVAN RING
Amalia Robsart               VALENTINA MASTRANGELO
Maria stuarda                LENNEKE RUITEN
Roberto Devereux             SERGEY ROMANOVSKY
Nottingham                  VITTORIO PRATO
The Child

La Monnaie symphony orchestra and choirs
Monnaie sld choir academy of Benoît Giaux


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