The hardest thing to govern is the heart.— Elizabeth I Tudor
A bastard child who ascended the English throne, a 'Virgin Queen' who had numerous lovers, a muse, poet and musician: Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) continues to capture the imagination. With Bastarda, La Monnaie is now reviving the life and times of this enigmatic monarch in all their glory.
For two operatic evenings, you experience the intriguing, larger-than-life story of Elizabeth and her inner child through the musical highlights of Gaetano Donizetti's Tudor tetralogy (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux and Elisabetta al Castello di Kenilworth). For two operatic evenings, the La Monnaie Theatre is transformed into the Tudor court of its 16th-century heyday with breathtaking costumes and historically informed props, with dance and video, with grand entrances and tragic exits. A unique total spectacle, which our workshops have been working on for years.
PART I: "For better, for worse..."
Elizabeth is two years old when her father, Henry VIII, orders the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn. The heir to the throne becomes a bastard and will remain so in the eyes of her opponents, even when the weight of the English crown rests on her shoulders. Consequently, retaining power requires sacrifice: personal happiness must give way to political interest and intimate feelings to state affairs. Especially when her great rival Mary Stuart appears on the scene, bringing about a clash of queens.
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Conductor & Musical arrangementsFRANCESCO LANZILLOTTA Artistic concept, Script & DirectionOLIVIER FREDJ Adaptation & DialogueYANN APPERRY & OLIVIER FREDJ
Set design & LightingURS SCHÖNEBAUM CostumesPETRA REINHARDT VideoSARAH DERENDINGER ChoreographyAVSHALOM POLLAK Artistic collaborationCECILIA LIGORIO DramaturgyMARIE MERGEAY Chorus masterGIULIO MAGNANINI
FRANCESCA SASSU (1 & 2.4) Anna BolenaSALOME JICIA LeicesterENEA SCALA EnricoLUCA TITTOTO Giovanna Seymour & SaraRAFFAELLA LUPINACCI Amy RobsartVALENTINA MASTRANGELO Maria StuardaLENNEKE RUITEN Roberto DevereuxSERGEY ROMANOVSKY NottinghamBRUNO TADDIA
SmetonDAVID HANSEN CecilGAVAN RING Elisabetta childHADLEY DEAN RANDERSON / NEHIR HASRET
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
La Monnaie Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux
ProductionLA MONNAIE With support fromNATIONAL LOTTERY