150kr - 750kr
Bellini's masterpiece was greatly inspired by the myth of Romeo & Juliet and leads us straight into a dramatic story of young love and bitter politics.
Bellini wrote his 'Romeo and Juliet' opera with only fleeting regard for Shakespeare's text preferring the play's original sources - much to the annoyance of the sensibilities of purists for decades to come.
The opera's protagonists are not 'two families alike in dignity' but warring political factions. The families' personal dilemma, however, remains greatly unchanged, with the aching plight of young love in crisis at the center.
The music for the voices is sensational - great leaping lines which exemplify 'bel canto' in deeply touching arias and ensembles with rich chorus writing, and fine lyrical orchestration.
In young German director Nicola Raab's first production for BNO, the 'trouser' role of Romeo is sung by spectacular mezzo-soprano Nino Surguladze - last heard in Bergen in Verdi's Aida - and Queen Sonja Competition winner Kristina Mkhitaryan sings Giulietta.
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes including break
Number of breaks: 1
Language: Sung in Italian, texted in Norwegian
Early in his career, the Sicilian conductor Fabio Biondi, was introduced to the pioneers of the new approach to baroque music. In 1990, he founded Europa Galante, an internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble, playing in venues like La Scala in Milan, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London and Musikverein in Vienna. Fabio Biondo is now a most sought-after conductor, and his repertoire spans more than three centuries. His many prize-winning recordings show his perpetual pursuit of style free from dogmatism. From 2015, he is appointed musical director of the Orchestra del Palau de Las Artes in Valencia.
German Nicola Raab is a prolific, international stage director who has worked with such distinguished directors as Robert Carsen, Willy Decker and David Pountney. Her career has taken her to many of the finest theatres in the world, including Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Wien, Teatro Regio Turin and Teatro La Fenice Venezia – to mention a few. Recent productions include Otello and Lohengrin at the Royal Danish Opera, Thaïs at Los Angeles Opera and Finnish National Opera, Tristan und Isolde at Novaya Opera in Moscow, and A Flowering Tree at GöteborgsOperan and Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisboa. Nicola Raab visits Norway for the first time with I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
British Ashley Martin-Davis studied at Central School of Art and Design and Motley Theatre Design School. He has designed internationally for theatre and opera. Recent works include Pelléas et Mélisande for the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Falstaff for the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Handel’s Silla at Theater Halle, The Merchant of Venice for Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and Bregenzer Festspiele, L’elisir d’amore at Washington National Opera, and Romeo et Juliette for Santa Fe Opera in Texas. Later this season, he is designing two works with a Venitian theme – Der Kaufmann von Venedig at Royal Opera in London and Welsh National Opera, and Eine Nacht in Venedig at Opéra de Lyon.
Swedish Linus Fellbom has, since his debut as a lighting designer in 1995, created more than 200 productions. Most recently, he has done A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Staatsoper in Vienna, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte in Florence, Thaïs for LA Opera, The Barber of Seville in Rome in addition to the world tour of the hardcore band Refused. In 2005, he made his debut as a stage director, and his productions includes Hänsel und Gretel for the Malmö Opera, Der Freischütz and The Tales of Hoffmann at Folkoperan in Stockholm. As a set designer, his works includes Red in 3 for the Stuttgart Ballet, La bohème and Rigoletto for Norrlandsoperan and L’Orfeo for Wermland Opera.
Benito Marcelino studied dance in Amsterdam and New York before finishing his studies in Monte Carlo with the support of a stipend by the late Princess Grace. He has been a principal dancer with the Frankfurt Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. As a guest, he has performed with the Hamburg Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Arena Di Verona and at the Spoleto Festival in choreographies by Jiri Kilian, Glen Tetley and Mats Ek to mention a few. He has performed and choreographed operas with renowned directors (including Nicola Raab) at Munich State Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, Opera de Monte Carlo, Händel Festspiele Karlsruhe and Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik. Benito Marcelino is visiting Bergen National Opera for the first time.
The soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan has won several prestigeous prizes, amongst them the 1st prize of Queen Sonja International Music Competition in 2013. She studied at Galina Vishnevskaya Theatre Studio and Gnesin Academy of Music, both in Moscow. From 2012, Kristina joined the Young Artist Program at the Bolshoi Theatre, where she later has triumphed in several leading roles such as Amina in La sonnambula, Gilda in Rigoletto and Violetta in La traviata. At the Royal Opera in Copenhagen she sang Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi last season, and she will appear in Oslo as Micaela in Carmen next season. Kristina Mkhitaryan is a very promising singer, and her house debut with Bergen Nasjonale Opera will be anticipated with great expectations.
Born in Georgia, Nino Surguladze studied at the Tbilisi Conservatory of Music before she continued her training at the Academy Studio of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, making her debut as Cuniza in Verdi’s Oberto. Surguladze’s career has developped into international fame. Her Carmen has brought her all over the world: San Diego, Tokyo, Hamburg and Seoul. In roles like Federica in Luisa Miller and Maddalena in Rigoletto she excels in houses like München, Genova, Napoli, Budapest, Cologne and The Met in New York. She has received the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for her achievements in opera. Nino Surguladze has previously been a guest at Bergen Nasjonale Opera as Amneris in Aida.
The American tenor Christopher Tiesi has his education from The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He made his European debut at Glyndebourne in 2013 as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. The great success led to further engagements at Semperoper Dresden for a series of productions; Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Il conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia – to mention a few. In the USA, he has been celebrated as Nemorino and Ferrando in Pittsburgh, Rinuccio in Chicago and Almaviva in Saint Louis. His debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Beppe in I Pagliacci under the leadership of Gustave Dudamel, marks a highlight in his still early career.
Winner of Second Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition, the baritone Alexander Robin Baker was a Jerwood Young Artist for Glyndebourne, appearing both at the Festival and On Tour. His operatic engagements have further included performances with English National Opera, Iford Arts, Nevill Holt Opera and the Nederlandse Reisopera. Current engagements include Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hyogo Performing Center, Japan, Chichibio in The Goose of Cairo with the London Mozart Players, the B Minor Mass with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the premiere of Kernal Yusuf’s Cain with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Alexander Robin Baker made his debut with Bergen National Opera as Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream last season.
Ukranian born baritone Igor Gnidii graduated from the National Academy of Music in Odessa and the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid where he studied with Tom Krause and Manuel Cid. In 2005, he joined Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra National de Paris, and ever since he has had many successes in the French hemisphere; La bohème in Marseille, The Nose at Chatelet, La fanciulla dell West in Monte-Carlo and La traviata in Toulon – to mention some. His career has also brought him to Rome for Rusalka and Turandot, Amsterdam for Carmen and Lisbon for Falstaff. Igor Gnidii is making his house and role debut with Capellio in Bergen.
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