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Eliogabalo Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)

A DISSOLUTE EMPEROR

Duration 3:40

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.

In short

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.

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  • © Opéra national de Paris
  • © Opéra national de Paris
  • 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.

    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.

    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

    Creation

    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.

    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.

    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).

     

    Co-produced with Opéra national de Paris

    The production by director Thomas Jolly is co-produced with the Opéra national de Paris, where Eliogabalo had its successful premiere in Palais Garnier (October 2016).

      Mon 13 Feb Klara.be

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

      Mon 17 Jul Operanews.com over Eliogabalo (2016 - Parijs)

      '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.'