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Viva la mamma!
21 December 2018 > 3 January 2019
Opéra des Nations

Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali


Dramma giocoso in 2 acts by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Domenico Gilardoni. Premiered at the Teatro alla Cannobiana in Milan on 20 April 1831.

New production in coproduction with the Opéra national de Lyon and the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona

Sung in Italian with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx. 2h15 (with one intermission)


This dramma giocoso in two acts transports us into the world of opera, with its madness, whims and stars. It’s a funny work, a satire of the lyrical theatre, best discovered during the year-end festivities. The story opens in a theatre, where rehearsals of the Romulus and Hersilia is falling behind schedule. The thunderous arrival of Mamma Agata does nothing to help things. She brings with her some zany ideas, dreams of glory and, above all, complications! Laurent Naouri will be back on stage at the Opéra des Nations to portray the big personality of Mamma Agata, "Assisa a piè d’un sacco", an irresistible parody of Desdemona’s willow song "Assisa a piè d’un salice" in the Otello by Rossini (1816). There is an Italian room on the stage of the Opéra des Nations indulging Laurent Pelly’s fantasy and breathing real life into this theatre within a theatre. You cannot miss going there to discover a work rarely performed and rediscover the theatrical genius of Laurent Pelly – well-known on the Geneva stage – to smile, burst out laughing and participate in the turning of the final pages at the Opéra des Nations!

Musical Director Gergely Madaras
Stage Director & Costumes Designer Laurent Pelly
Set Designer Chantal Thomas
Lighting Designer Joël Adam
Costumes designing contributor Jean-Jacques Delmotte
Mamma AgataLaurent Naouri
Daria, prima donna Patrizia Ciofi
Procolo, son mari David Bizic
Luigia, seconda donna Melody Louledjian
Guglielmo, primo tenore Luciano Botelho
Biscroma Strappaviscere, chef d'orchestre Pietro Di Bianco
Cesare Salsapariglia, poète Enric Martinez-Castignani
Pippetto Katherine Aitken
Impresario Péter Kálmán
Le Directeur du théâtre Rodrigo Garcia
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge  
L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève   

Conference about the work


Dec 2018
Friday 21 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 23 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 26 |  7:30 pm
Friday 28 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 30 |  3 pm
Monday 31 |  7:30 pm
Jan 2019
Thursday 3 |  7:30 pm

Performances take place at the Opéra des Nations.