La straniera

Melodarama in two acts (1829)
Music by Vincenzo Bellini

Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni
Director: Christof Loy

Premiere
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
7 pm

With Edita Gruberova (14.,18.,22. & 26.1.)/Marlis Petersen (16.,24. & 28.1.), Dario Schmunck / Norman Reinhardt et al.
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg-Choir (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

In coproduction with the Opernhaus Zürich

Synopsis

An enthusiastic Vincenzo Bellini wrote of Victor d’Arlincourt’s successful novel L’etrangère: “It is a book full of exciting moments, and all are new and marvellous.” In the book he found material replete with extreme characters in situations of exceptional emotion which he could use to develop his ideas of the romantic opera. In La straniera he produced his most radical score. Hector Berlioz, not one who found much to admire in Italian opera, was impressed by this music, feeling that “deep passions, painful emotion” and a “fearful cry of insane love” had been incorporated in the composition.

Count Arturo is engaged to Isoletta, but has fallen in love with a mysterious stranger who lives alone in the woods. The villagers think she is a witch. Arturo wants to run away with her, but the stranger refuses. Arturo’s friend Baron Valdeburgo tries to persuade him to go back to Isoletta. To elicit Valdeburgo’s sympathy for his plight, Arturo takes him to the stranger. To Arturo’s astonishment, the stranger and Valdeburgo greet one another with a tender embrace. The jealous Arturo immediately fights a duel with his friend, and Valdeburgo falls into the lake. The stranger’s cry of “You have killed my brother!” explains the affectionate greeting. Arturo plunges into the lake, leaving the despairing stranger alone with the bloodstained rapier. This is how the villagers find her, and they accuse her of murdering the two men. At the trial, both men reappear, still alive, thus proving the stranger’s innocence. Arturo still refuses to give up his passion for her. On the day of his wedding to Isoletta he runs away from the altar. When it emerges that the stranger is in fact the wife of the King of France and was forced to live in exile, Arturo stabs himself.

Cast

Melodramma in two acts (1829)

Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto by Felice Romani based on the novel
"L´étrangère" by Charles-Victor Prévost Vicomte D´Arlincourt

In Italian with German surtitles

Conductor

Paolo Arrivabeni

Biography
Director

Christof Loy

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Stage design

Annette Kurz

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Costume design

Ursula Renzenbrink

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Light design

Franck Evin

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Dramaturgy

Thomas Jonigk

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Alaide (14, 18, 22 & 26 January)

Edita Gruberova

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Alaide (16, 24 & 28 January)

Marlis Petersen

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Arturo, Conte di Ravenstel (14, 18, 22 & 26 January)

Dario Schmuck

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Arturo, Conte di Ravenstel (16, 24 & 28 January)

Norman Reinhardt

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Isoletta

Theresa Kronthaler

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Barone Valdeburgo

Franco Vassallo

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Osburgo

Vladimir Dmitruk

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Il Signore di Montolino

Martin Snell

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Il priore degli Spedalieri

Stefan Cerny

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Orchestra

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

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Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

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Photos Galleries

La straniera 14/15

Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni
Director: Christof Loy
Coproduction with Oper Zürich
Potos: Monika Rittershaus
Premiere: 14.1.2015

La straniera 14/15

Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni
Director: Christof Loy
Coproduction with Oper Zürich
Photos: Monika Rittershaus
Premiere: 16.1.2015