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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 only Baroque opera of this season, 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.

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”.