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29. June 2014

Lezioni di tenebraLucia Ronchetti

Chamber opera after »Giasone« by Francesco Cavalli

In 1649 Francesco Cavalli, one of the most famous and most successful composers of his time wrote the opera »Giasone« for the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice. It tells the story of Jason and Medea whose love for each other brings about hatred for others ...

In 1649 Francesco Cavalli, one of the most famous and most successful composers of his time wrote the opera »Giasone« for the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice. It tells the story of Jason and Medea whose love for each other brings about hatred for others, and this hatred then turns against them. More than three and a half centuries later Lucia Ronchetti of Rome tackles the subject, re-composing the work closely based on Cavalli's ingenious music, reducing it and quasi »overwriting« it. The execution is well devised - including traditional as well as modern style elements, with reminiscences of madrigals and baroque opera forms as well as experiments with sounds. Versatile soloists, a vocal ensemble of four and a small orchestra ensure enormous variety of sound. Lucia Ronchetti's »Lektionen der Finsternis«, as the title of her musical theatre work premiered in the Berlin Konzerthaus in 2010 reads in German translation, attest to a productive examination of and interest in Italian opera history - in the sense of a novel bridge between the 17th and 21st centuries.


1:10 h | no interval
VORWORT
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)