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Eliogabalo Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)

The lust of the teenage emperor

Duration 3:55

Breaks 2

By Francesco Cavalli

Language Italian

Surtitles Dutch and English

The historical protagonist of Eliogabalo, the late-Roman emperor Heliogabalus, was a maniacal, lecherous teenage emperor, who turned his four-year reign into one long carnival.

Eliogabalo, the Baroque opera of this season in Dutch National Opera & Ballet, is the last surviving opera by the Venetian composer Francesco Cavalli. His Ercole amante has previously been presented in Amsterdam. Until recently, Eliogabalo was not shown on stage, partly because of the fact that a ruler is murdered in it. The world premiere of the opera did not take place until over three hundred years after its completion, in 1999.

Watch the trailer of Eliogabalo here

About this production

The young French director Thomas Jolly deals freely with the border between classical and popular. Special effects are created by the lighting designs of Antoine Travert. Playing with contrasts brings out the essence of Eliogabalo.

Gareth Pugh, a British fashion designer, designed the often eccentric costumes. In 2007, Pugh presented his first collection at the Fashion Week, in London. His designs are worn by such stars as Rihanna, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. He previously designed costumes for the opera Antigona, by Tommaso Treatta.

Leonardo García Alarcón and his Cappella Mediterranea are appearing with Dutch National Opera for the first time, after having accompanied this production in Paris as well. The title role in Eliogabalo is sung by the Argentinean Franco Fagioli, one of today’s most exceptional countertenors. Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro (L’incoronazione di Poppea and Madrigals) is returning as Lenia.

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THOMAS JOLLY

Director

Thomas Jolly was born in Rouen. He studied theatre sciences at the University of Caen and went to the theatre academy in Rennes. On graduating, he founded the theatre company Piccola Familia.

LEONARDO GARCÍA ALARCÓN

Conductor

As a conductor and harpsichordist, Leonardo García Alarcón has appeared in opera houses and concert halls all over the world, including Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Concertgebouw, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Wigmore Hall London, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid, Opéra national de Paris and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical director : 
Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage director: 
Thomas Jolly
Associate stage director : 
Alexandre Dain
Sets: 
Thibault Fack
Costumes : 
Gareth Pugh
Wigs: 
Malcolm Edwards
Make-up : 
Val Garland
Lighting: 
Antoine Travert
Choreography: 
Maud Le Pladec
Dramaturgy: 
Corinne Meyniel
Orchestra: 
Cappella Mediterranea
Chorus: 
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Rehearsal director: 
Ching-Lien Wu
Eliogabalo: 
Franco Fagioli
Alessandro: 
Ed Lyon
Giuliano : 
Valer Sabadus
Gemmira: 
Nicole Cabell
Eritea : 
Kristina Mkhitaryan
Zotico: 
Matthew Newlin
Lenia: 
Emiliano González Toro
Nerbulone/Tiferne: 
Scott Conner
Atilia Macrina: 
Mariana Flores

Music

The Argentinean harpsichordist and conductor Leonardo García Alarcón founded his Baroque ensemble Cappella Mediterranea in 2005. As the name suggests, he is inspired by his passion for music from the Mediterranean. The company performs in concert halls and theatres all over the world. The ensemble had great success with their first opera project, Cavalli’s Elena, at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (2013).

    Mon 13 Feb Klara.be

    “A delicately daring work about lust, deception and true love”.

    Wed 20 Sep Operanews

    "The refreshingly clear, unfussy staging was by actor/director Thomas Jolly, a rising star of the legitimate theater in France, who was directing his first opera production."