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Giuseppe Verdi im Mai / Generationenvorstellung

Les Vêpres Siciliennes

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)

18
Sun
May
17:00 - 20:45
C prices: € 108.00 / 90.00 / 64.00 / 40.00 / 26.00
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Information about the work

Oper in fünf Akten
Libretto von Eugène Scribe und Charles Duveyrier
Uraufführung am 13. Juni 1855 am Théâtre Impérial de L’Opéra Paris im Rahmen der Pariser Weltausstellung
Premiere an der Deutschen Oper Berlin am 20. März 2022

3 Stunden 45 Minuten / Eine Pause

In französischer Sprache mit deutschen und englischen Übertiteln

Einführung: 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn im Rang-Foyer rechts

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18
Sun
May
17:00 - 20:45
C prices: € 108.00 / 90.00 / 64.00 / 40.00 / 26.00
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About the work
For his first commission for the Paris Opéra Verdi demanded a libretto that was “immense, passionate and original”. What he eventually got from star author Eugène Scribe was a text whose political edginess rivalled the grand opéras of Giacomo Meyerbeer, with whom Scribe had collaborated on LES HUGUENOTS and LE PROPHETE. Like these two works, LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES explored a subject that was not only historical but also highly topical. Parallels could easily be drawn between the “Sicilian Vespers” uprising in 1282 against the island’s French occupiers and the most conspicuous of France’s mid-19th-century expansionist ventures, the conquest and colonialization of Algeria, which began in 1830 and was dogged by an ongoing series of brutally quelled revolts.

About the production
This link likewise serves as the slant for the current production by French director Olivier Py, who has already shown his sensibility for the grand-opéra approach to political material in his staging of Meyerbeer’s LE PROPHETE at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: the French occupation of Algeria, which extended from Verdi’s period to the 1950s, provides the setting for Py’s version of the story, which, after LA TRAVIATA and RIGOLETTO, was another example of Verdi expanding the focus of his musical dramas. His regard is no longer fixed only on the fate of individual characters; in LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES he is interested in the fortunes and woes of entire nations. Undiluted hatred, a desire for reconciliation and the tension between these two extremes are what drive the actions of the main protagonists and the interactions of occupiers with the subjugated. LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES has long been overshadowed by Verdi’s other great operas, but here the Deutsche Oper Berlin presents the original 1855 French version of the work, not the Italian adaptation that became the standard.

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