Music by Gioachino Rossini ; Libretto by Gaetano Rossi, after Voltaire’s tragedy Semiramis
When Rossini left Naples and set about composing a new opera for Teatro La Fenice in Venice, he was well aware he had to create something totally different; the Venetian audience would not have ‘accepted’ the sophistication of the Neapolitan school but it was equally unbearable for him to return to the stylistic elements he had already developed in Tancredi. Inspired by Voltaire’s tragedy Semiramis, (which drew considerably on Shakespeare’s play), he set aside its context and instead created an absolute, perfect composition that was almost a stylistic utopia. In this unique score, conventionality and pure abstraction go hand in hand, after which, melodrama will never be the same.
Semiramide: Jessica Pratt; Arsace : Teresa Iervolino; Assur : Alex Esposito; Idreno : Enea Scala; Oroe : Simon Lim; Azema : Marta Mari ; Mitrane : Enrico Iviglia; L’ombra di Nino : Francesco Milanese ; Dancers : Olivia Hansson, Elia Lopez Gonzalez, Marika Meoli, Sau-Ching Wong ; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice
Musical direction : Riccardo Frizza; Stage direction : Cecilia Ligorio; Set design : Nicolas Bovey; Costume design : Marco Piemontese; Choreographer and dancer: Daisy Phillips ; Chorus master : Claudio Marino Moretti
Production compagny : Oxymore
Coproduction compagny : Fondazione Teatro La Fenice, Mezzo, France Télévisions
Running Time : 1x225'
Production Year : 2018
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : HD