Tuesday, 7 May 2013

La donna del lago (opera)

The next Royal Opera House opera to be screened locally will be Gioachini Rossini's opulent love story, La donna del lago. The opera is based on Sir Walter Scott's famous poem The Lady of the Lake which is set in the Scottish Highlands. It is infrequently performed so there is a lot of excitement about John Fulljames' new production. I believe all the live performances have sold out so the screening is now the only way to see the work. Our nearest venue is the Cineworld in Sovereign Harbour, otherwise you'll need to travel to Hastings Odeon or the Uckfield Picturehouse.

King James V (Juan Diego Flórez) is entranced when he meets a beautiful woman, Elena (Joyce DiDonato), in the Highlands. But he is dismayed to learn that she is the daughter of his enemy, Douglas (Simón Orfila). Elena, meanwhile, is in love, not with James V or her fiancée Rodrigo (Colin Lee) but with romantic hero Malcolm (Daniela Barcellona).

The ROH says of the production, "The ultimate bel canto cast is assembled for this important yet rarely performed masterpiece. ... La donna del lago is the most fully Romantic of Rossini’s Italian operas. Expansive ensembles and shimmering orchestration generate an opulence seldom heard in the composer’s comic works." The broadcast will last for three hours and twenty minutes and includes one interval.

Cineworld, Mon 27th May, 18:45.
Tickets £17.90, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000 or in person from the machines in the foyer.



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