Maria di Rohan
18 Nov 2011
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Other participants: José Bros, Christopher Purves, Krassimira Stoyanova, Graeme Broadbent, Loïc Félix, Brindley Sherratt, Christopher Turner, Riccardo Simonetti, Enkelejda Skhosa, Sir Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Set during the time of Cardinal Richelieu, the opera focuses on Maria (Krassimira Stoyanova), secretly married to Riccardo, Duke of Chevreuse (José Bros), who has wounded the Cardinal’s nephew in a duel. In seeking assistance for his plight from Enrico, Count of Chalais (Christopher Purves), Maria finds her former love for the latter revived. The rest of the opera centres on how this intricate and explosive triangle of relationships plays out. As a handful of recent productions have demonstrated, the result shows Donizetti rightly claiming his position as one of the nineteenth-century’s greatest musical dramatists.
The project marks Opera Rara’s second collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; the orchestra, choir and stellar cast are conducted by Opera Rara Artistic Director, Sir Mark Elder, bringing his customary musical intelligence and wealth of experience to this repertoire.