TCBO: “A SPASSO NEL TEMPO” WITH DON GIOVANNI ACCORDING TO ALESSANDRO TALEVI

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by Opera Charm Team
May 23, 2024

CAST

Conductor | Martijn Dendievel
Direction and sets | Alessandro Talevi
Choirmaster | Gea Garatti Ansini

Costumes | Stefania Scaraggi
Lighting | Teresa Nagel
Video | Marco Grassivaro
Assistant Director and Choreography | Danilo Rubeca
Assistant Stage Manager | Manuela Gasperoni
Fortepiano Master | Anna Dang Anh Nga Bosacchi

Characters and performers

Don Giovanni 
Nahuel Di Pierro MAY 26, 28, 30 May
Vincenzo Nizzardo MAY 29, 31 
The Commendatore
Abraham Rosalen
Donna Anna
Olga Peretyatko MAY 26, 28, 30 May
Valentina Varriale MAY 29, 31
Don Ottavio
René Barbera MAY 26, 28, 30 
Annibal Mancini MAY 29, 31 
Donna Elvira
Karen Gardeazabal MAY 26, 28, 30 May
Alessia Merepeza MAY 29, 31 
Leporello
Davide Giangregorio MAY 26, 28, 30 
Francesco Leone MAY 29, 31 
Masetto
Nicolò Donini
Zerlina
Eleonora Bellocci MAY 26, 28, 30
Letizia Bertoldi MAY 29, 31 

New production of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Orchestra, Chorus and Technicians of Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Presenting partner Rekeep

DATES

Comunale Nouveau
Sunday 26 at 6 pm, Turn Prime
Tuesday 28 at 8 pm, Evening Turn 1
Wednesday 29 at 6 pm, Afternoon Round 2
Thursday 30 8 pm, Sunday Round
Friday 31 at 6 pm, Afternoon Turn 1 / Opera Next

BIOGRAPHY

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INTERVIEW

After last season’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy signed by the Italian-South African director and with Martijn Dendievel on the podium continues

The new premiere production of the “dramma giocoso” stars Nahuel Di Pierro, Davide Giangregorio, Olga Peretyatko, René Barbera and Karen Gardeazabal.

He is an eternal seducer conquering the women of every age Don Giovanni, in the new production of Mozart’s masterpiece of the same name, directed and staged by Alessandro Talevi and conducted by Martijn Dendievel. With this production, premiered from Sunday 26 May at 6 p.m. until 31 May at the Comunale Nouveau, the so-called Mozart/Da Ponte “Italian Trilogy” continues, which the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has chosen to entrust to the Italian-South African director – winner of the European Opera-Directing Prize in 2007 – and to the Belgian conductor – winner of the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis 2021. Dendievel will also be on the podium of the Bologna opera-symphonic foundation on 6 June, for a concert at the Manzoni with music by Josef Suk and Ferruccio Busoni. After Le nozze di Figaro performed in the last opera season and this Don Giovanni, the opera project will conclude in 2025 with Così fan tutte.

‘I had set Figaro in modern times,’ says Talevi, ‘while maintaining the spirit and the passions that permeated the original characters. If in that first chapter of the trilogy I therefore wanted to reveal the eternity of the passions destined not to fade in time, in Don Giovanni I decided to develop this concept even further, always bearing in mind that Don Giovanni is an archetype and consequently can afford the luxury of seducing women in any century, crossing time and space’. Symbolically, he can do so on stage through a sort of ‘time portal’. For the director, the character remains ‘a great mystery. But there is a brief moment in Mozart’s opera,’ he comments, ‘in which perhaps Don Giovanni reveals his ego: in the second act with the aria “Deh, vieni alla finestra, o mio tesoro…” he reveals himself as fragile as a child, he sings not only to a woman but to all women, to the ghosts of all the women he has seduced but never held back’. The show’s costumes are designed by Stefania Scaraggi, the lights are by Teresa Nagel, the videos by Marco Grassivaro and the choreography by Danilo Rubeca.

The cast includes bass Nahuel Di Pierro in the role of the ‘dissolute punished’, bass Davide Giangregorio as Leporello, soprano Olga Peretyatko as Donna Anna, and tenor René Barbera as Don Ottavio, the sopranos Karen Gardeazabal as Donna Elvira and Eleonora Bellocci as Zerlina in the performances on 26, 28 and 30 May, alternating respectively with Vincenzo Nizzardo, Francesco Leone, Valentina Varriale, Annibal Mancini, Alessia Merepeza and Letizia Bertoldi on 29 and 31 May. Completing the vocal ensemble are Abramo Rosalen (Il Commendatore) and Nicolò Donini (Masetto). Maestro at the Fortepiano is Anna Dang Anh Nga Bosacchi. The Orchestra and Chorus – prepared by Gea Garatti Ansini – are those of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

A playful drama based on an already well-established literary myth, Il dissoluto punito or Don Giovanni – to cite its precise title – portrays a homogeneous society, cohesive in its shared values, in which the protagonist’s immorality becomes the driving force behind the whole affair. The depth and nuances that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte brought to the character further contributed to his fortune, making him able to speak to every era. After its debut in Prague in 1787, a further version of the opera was made for performance in Vienna in 1788, and today tradition has made a form that fuses both versions into practice.

Presenting partner is Rekeep. “Being at the side of the Teatro Comunale,” comments Claudio Levorato, President of Rekeep, “means for us not only supporting one of Bologna’s most important cultural institutions and, more generally, the production and diffusion of opera, but also promoting the commitment with which our theatre, through a rich and articulated programme, aims to bring opera closer to an ever wider audience.

The performances will be preceded – approximately 45 minutes before they begin – by a short presentation of the opera in the Foyer of the Comunale Nouveau.

TICKETS

Tickets – from €20 to €120 – are on sale online via Vivaticket and at the Teatro Comunale box office, open Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Largo Respighi, 1); on performance days at the Comunale Nouveau (Piazza della Costituzione, 4/a) from one hour before and up to 15 minutes after the start.

Info: https://www.tcbo.it/eventi/don-giovanni-2/



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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

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