LNOBT Welcomes the Premiere of G. Verdi’s “Ernani”

On 14 September, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre shall unveil its newest addition to the opera repertoire – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “ERNANI”. Prepared by an international team of artists, it shall offer quite a few interesting surprises to the audience.

“The production is going to be filled with action, - says soloist Regina Šilinskaitė. If we would watch different video recordings of this opera we would see a very static picture – they almost look like concerts. I’m very glad that in this case we’re going to have a taste of a real theatre“.

The creative team of the production includes music directors and conductors Gianluca Marciano and Giampaolo Bisanti, director Jean-Claude Berutti, set designer Rudy Sabounghi, costume designer Agnė Kuzmickaitė, lighting designer Levas Kleinas and chorus master Česlovas Radžiūnas.

Is it possible to feel like you’re visiting Madrid’s Prado museum, when in fact you’re only attending a performance at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre? This new production of “ERNANI“ is going to create a magic of this exact kind: the concept of the production placed the principal character Elvira inside the pictures of the legendary Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. “In our “ERNANI“ three men are enchanted by Elvira, woman from the painting,“ – says director J.-C. Berutti. “We wanted to create a production that would be realistic, but also convey a dream-like atmosphere.“

Jean-Claude Berutti is a free lance stage director. From 2002 through 2011 he was the artistic director of the Comédie de Saint-Etienne, one of the leading theatres in France. He has a special dedication to rediscovery of rarely staged or forgotten texts. In the last years, two of his theatre productions have been especially acclaimed by both the audience and the international critics: “Les temps difficiles” by Edouard Bourdet at the Comédie-Française and Goldoni’s forgotten Trilogy, “Zelinda and Lindoro”, which was awarded the Goldlittle Lion at the Biennale of Venice in 2007. He has recently staged Gorki’s “Summer Guests” and Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Bad Hersfeld Festival, Molière’s “Le malade imaginaire” at the National Theater in Cyprus, “Saturn kommt zurück” by Noa Haidle at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and “Total glücklich” by Silke Hassler at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna. With his own company, the "Compagnie Jean-Claude Berutti", he tours France with theatre productions on a regular basis. Jean-Claude Berutti has collaborated with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Philippe Herreweghe, Jonathan Nott, Emmanuelle Haïm, Bernhard Kontarsky, Emmanuel Krivine, Christophe Rousset and Ivan Fischer, among others.

The musical side of “ERNANI” was in fact prepared by two conductors: Giampaolo Bisanti, who started the work but suffered an accident and then had to be replaced by Gianluca Marciano.

The young Italian born and trained conductor Gianluca Marciano has been increasingly in demand since his operatic debut at Croatian National Opera inZagrebin 2007. He is now Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Tbilisi State Opera & Ballet Theatre in Georgia, Artistic Director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut and Principal Guest Conductor of the Beijing Drama, Dance & Opera Orchestra. Since taking over the theatre in Tbilisi in 2011, Gianluca’s hugely successful operatic performances in Georgia have included “La forza del destino”, “Cavalleria rusticana”, “Nabucco”, “Attila”, “Il Trovatore”, “Aida” and “Mitridate, Re di Ponto”, often working with famous Georgian singers like Nino Surguladze, Nino Machaidze, Paata Burchuladze and Lado Ataneli. He has improved the quality of the orchestra, increasing the number and scope of its symphonic concerts and has brought international singing stars like Andrea Bocelli for concerts inGeorgia. With the State Ballet Company and Nina Ananiashvili he made debut at the Avery Fisher Hall, LincolnCenter in November 2011.

Soloists of "ERNANI" include Marc Heller, Kristian Benedikt and Audrius Rubežius (ERNANI), Silvia Dalla Benetta, Sandra Janušaitė and Regina Šilinskaitė (Elvira), Arūnas Malikėnas, Dainius Stumbras and Eugenijus Chrebtovas (Don Carlo), Tadas Girininkas and Liudas Norvaišas (Silva), Laura Zigmantaitė and Eugenija Klivickaitė (Giovanna), Rafailas Karpis and Mindaugas Jankauskas (Don Riccardo), Arvydas Markauskas and Vladas Bagdonas (Jago). 

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