Opera in three acts
Chief conductor of the theatre: Marcello Mottadelli
Director: Max Emanuel Cenčić
Premiered at Croatian National on April 12th 2019
Two hundred years after its world premiere on 24 September 1819 at Naples, the opera ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb is producing Gioachino Rossini’s „La donna del lago“ (The Lady of the Lake), composed for the libretto of Andrea Leone Tottola, for the first time.
This three-act opera achieved enviable success at its premiere but over the next hundred years it became completely forgotten. In the shadow of the fight by the rebels against the Scottish crown, three men are in love with Elena, the daughter of the king’s main rival: the warrior Rodrigo, Malcolm, a brave supporter of the rebellion, and King Giacomo V disguised as Uberto.
After his military and political triumph, the king offers the hand of his daughter Elena to the man she does not love.
Famous Croatian counter tenor Max Emanuel Cenčić is staging Rossini’s opera in Zagreb in a co-production with the Opéra de Lausanne and taking one of the leading roles – that of Malcolm.
The part was originally written for a mezzosoprano and this is the first time that a man is performing in this role.
„Psychoanalysis, humor, romance and eroticism … Intelligent, minute-to-minute detailing is a multi-layered entity with a wonderful finishing touch. Great show you shouldn’t miss!“
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