VIVA LA MAMMA!
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 Agata||Laurent 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|
|Le Directeur du théâtre||Rodrigo Garcia|
|Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus |
Director Alan Woodbridge
|L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève|
Conference about the work
Performances take place at the Opéra des Nations.