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Francesca da Rimini

Riccardo Zandonai [1883 – 1944]

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Tragedia in four acts
Libretto by Tito Ricordi based on Gabriele D’Annunzio's poem
First performed on 19th February, 1914 at the Teatro Regio in Turin
Premiere on the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 14ty March, 2021

In Italian language with German and English surtitles

approx. 3 hrs 15 mins / one interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

Cast

Conductor

Carlo Rizzi

Stage Director

Christof Loy

Set design

Johannes Leiacker

Costume design

Klaus Bruns

Light design

Olaf Winter

Choir Conductor

Jeremy Bines

Dramaturge

Dorothea Hartmann

Francesca

Sara Jakubiak

Samaritana

Alexandra Hutton

Giovanni lo Sciancato, named Gianciotto

Ivan Inverardi

Paolo il Bello

Jonathan Tetelman

Malatestino dall’Occhio

Charles Workman

Biancofiore

Meechot Marrero

Garsenda

Mané Galoyan

Altichiara

Arianna Manganello

Adonella

Karis Tucker

Smaragdi

Anastasia Bickel

Ser Toldo Berardengo

Andrew Dickinson

Il Giullare

Dean Murphy

Il Balestriere

Patrick Cook

Il Torrigiano

Joel Allison

About the performance

Theirs is one of the great tragic love stories of world culture: Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta. One of the earliest literary references to their adulterous passion was in Dante’s »Divine Comedy«. In the 19th and early 20th century scores of writers came to draw on the material, among them Gabriele d’Annunzio, whose »I Malatesti«, which premiered in 1901, was soon placed on the Index, attracting the attention of the young composer Riccardo Zandonai. His opera revolves around three brothers of the Malatesta dynasty, all of whom fall in love with the same woman. Francesca is their seductress and also loses out in the tussle of intrigues and family politics. Zandonai’s gripping musical drama is a blend of yearning à la Tristan and violent fantasies. The composer, who was posited as Puccini’s successor, fused Italian bel canto lyricism with the tough verismo of the day, incorporates impressionistic flourishes and hints at the influence of Wagner and Strauss.

Following the enthusiastic reception of Korngold’s HELIANE’S MIRACLE, which was feted by Opernwelt magazine as the »Rediscovery of the Year« in 2018, Christof Loy now tackles another rarity from the early 20th century at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. For FRANCESCA DA RIMINI he teams up again with Sara Jakubiak. After playing the eponymous Heliane, this is her second venture into the psyche of a passionate woman loving to the utmost.

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