Roberto Devereux

Roberto Devereux

Teatro Real Madrid

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  • opera
  • 137 Mins

In the last and most dramatic aria in ‘’Roberto Devereux’’, one of the four Tudor period operas composed by Donizetti in 1837 (along with ‘’Anna Bolena’’, ‘’Maria Stuarda’’ and ‘’Il Castello di Kenilworth’’), the protagonist, Queen Elizabeth I of England, exclaims: “I do not reign, I do not live”. This statement encapsulates great operatic themes, and it is the culmination of an opera that reveals the passions of characters who live among palace intrigues. Written in the mature period of the leader of Italian romanticism, the opera displays a great vocal virtuosity, and is an example of Donizetti prizing the voice above all in the genre. The staging, by South African director Alessandro Talevi, who has been very successful in great opera houses as well as with more experimental theatre, places the play in an undetermined period, focusing on the chiaroscuro.

Bruno Campanella conducts the production with Mariella Devia (Award Winner Singer of the Year at the Opera Awards 2016), Silvia Tro Santafé and Gregory Kunde in the main roles.

Cast & Crew

Juan Antonio Sanabria (Lord Guglielmo Cecil), (Composer), Silvia Tro Santafé (Sara), Andrea Mastroni (Sir Gualtiero Raleigh), Gregory Kunde (Roberto Devereux), (Composer), (Director), Marco Caria (Lord Duca Di Nottingham), (Conductor), Mariella Devia (Elisabetta)