Lucio SillaNew Production

Teatro RealMadrid, 28013, Spain
September 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 at 19:00
Performers
Teatro Real
Ivor BoltonConductor
Claus GuthDirector
Christian SchmidtSet Designer, Costume Designer
Kurt StreitTenorLucio SillaSep 13, 16, 18, 21, 23
Benjamin BrunsTenorLucio SillaSep 15, 17, 20, 22
Patricia PetibonSopranoGiuniaSep 13, 16, 18, 21, 23
Julie FuchsSopranoGiuniaSep 15, 17, 20, 22
Silvia Tro SantaféMezzo-sopranoCecilioSep 13, 16, 18, 21, 23
Marina ComparatoSopranoCecilioSep 15, 17, 20, 22
Inga KalnaSopranoLucio CinnaSep 13, 16, 18, 21, 23
Hulkar SabirovaSopranoLucio CinnaSep 15, 17, 20, 22
Maria José MorenoSopranoCeliaSep 13, 16, 18, 21, 23
Anna DevinSopranoCeliaSep 15, 17, 20, 22
Kenneth TarverTenorAufidioSep 13, 16, 18, 21, 23
Roger PadullésTenorAufidioSep 15, 17, 20, 22
Tine BuyseRevival Director
Orchestra of the Teatro Real
Chorus of the Teatro Real

Mozart had just turned 16 when he received the commission for Lucio Silla in March 1771. A year and a half later, he had written all the recitatives and travelled to Milan where he would compose the arias and begin rehearsals. The third of his operas opened at the Teatro Regio Ducal in December 1772 with a cast of some of the best voices of that time - not for nothing - as the score is devilishly difficult and only for singers with unshakable technique.

Only a few years later, Johann Christian Bach used the libretto for his own opera. He maintained the conventional model of 18th century European opera seria, with a story about the value of magnanimity. The Roman dictator Silla – a role inspired by the general of the same name - tries to use his political influence to conquer the daughter of his sworn enemy, Giunia, with whom he is in love. However, the girl's affections are for the exiled Roman senator Cecilio.  Silla's initial scheme falls apart, and in the end, his feelings of compassion compel him to give up his love and even renounce his power. The opera suggests that virtuous decisions are always the right ones.

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