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Genoa, Beatrice di Tenda, the only historical drama by Vincenzo Bellini, is staged at the Carlo Felice Opera
In the title role Angela Meade, protagonists with her great bel canto voices: Mattia Olivieri, Carmela Remigio, Francesco Demuro
Organizzato da: Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
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Carlo Felice Theater Foundation of Genoa Presents

“Opera Season 2023 – 24”
TO Genoa from 15 to 22 March 2024 theOpera Carlo Felice brings to the stage Beatrice of Tenda, the penultimate work and one of the least popular titles of Vincenzo Bellini. Lyrical tragedy in two acts on a libretto by Happy Romans, the only historical drama from the Catania area will be presented in a new production created by the Carlo Felice/ Fondazione Teatro../ in co-production with the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and on the occasion of the “Genoa capital of the Middle Ages 2024” project.

He climbs onto the podium Riccardo Minasi, musical director of the Lirico Genovese, while the direction is handled by Italian Nunziata, with scenes from Emanuele Sinisi, the costumes of Alessio Rosati, and the lights of Valerio Tiberi. Orchestra, choir and technicians are those of theOpera Carlo Felice, the choirmaster is Claudio Marino Moretti.

In the title role, the American soprano Angela Meade, a favorite of the Genoese public, who shares the stage with other excellent bel canto voices, Mattia Olivieri in the role of Filippo Maria Visconti, carmel Remigius in the role of Agnese del Maino, Francis Demuro in that of Orombello; complete the cast Manuel Pierattelli, Anichino, e Julian Petouchoff, Rizzardo del Maino.

And the singers themselves are the absolute protagonists of this title, "which returns to Genoa forty years after the last performance - underlines the Superintendent Claudio Orazi -. A long wait for an unmissable and rarely performed opera, one of the pinnacles of international bel canto."

Penultimate melodrama by Vincenzo Bellini, Beatrice of Tenda it was composed in just two months at the beginning of 1833 on a text by the Genoese librettist Felice Romani, who had long established a fruitful artistic partnership with the composer. The opera debuted in the Carnival Season of La Fenice in Venice - starring the famous soprano Giuditta Pasta - initially experiencing little success, but it soon established itself in the following years, entering the repertoire of Italian theatres. The plot is inspired by a news story that happened in 1418 at the Castle of Binasco, near Milan. The figure of Beatrice, pure heroine and symbol of virtue, was particularly suited to the melodramatic expression of Bellini, who dedicated some of his most touching and inspired arias to her character. The very nature of the plot, where contrasts, tensions, desires and implacable forms of determination find place, allowed the composer, at the height of his artistic maturity, to express himself through intense writing rich in subtle nuances.

Comment Riccardo Minasi: «This year it is a great joy for me, but above all an honor, to have the opportunity to direct this production of the historical drama Beatrice di Tenda: it is the third title with which I have the opportunity to measure myself with the compositional genius of Vincenzo Bellini is a splendid occasion after the important experience lived here at the Carlo Felice Theater last year, on the occasion of the staging of Norma. Bellini is a composer to whom I am very attached. The great care for the expressive meaning of music linked to the word, a key element of the aesthetics of his works, represents a new challenge every time in the constant attempt to pay particular attention to this aspect, to faithfully convey to the public the intentions of the his music."

Directed by Italian Nunziata highlights the narrative and psychological implications that define the characters: «Everything has already happened, everything has happened before. When the curtain opens on Beatrice di Tenda, we are immediately faced with a present whose tragedy we feel, in a dark and heavy atmosphere of a "gothic" setting. The sensation of a closed space, where however feelings and passions can dominate unchallenged to the point of almost canceling out every other form of will, guided to an ineluctable destiny. In agreement with the set designer Emanuele Sinisi, we involved the Finnish photographer artist Ola Kolehmainen, who deals with space, light and color around historical architecture, in the scenographic project, for the first and last image of the show. Along with this, the use of daguerreotypes or old photos worn by time and memory. Images inserted within a sort of space/agon where the protagonists are almost forced to face each other within their drama, surrounded by some mirror walls that are losing their underlying silvering as if eaten by time and neglect, from backdrops/walls which are also in decay and pierced by tears or breaks that now seem irreparable. The scene changes occur seamlessly to underline the inevitability of the story. Just as for the scenes, in agreement with the costume designer Alessio Rosati, also for the costumes we transported the story to the last years of the nineteenth century, the last and exhausted bastion of a court life and of precise rules and behaviors with which to relate to the inside that world. Clothes like wrappings intended to "dress" with appearance, to reveal intentions, to demonstrate power and at the same time human fragility, severe in their iron laws and totally integrated into the social mechanism".

(Photocredits: Angela Meade, ©FayFox, Riccardo Minasi, ©Julien Mignot)
Genoa, Beatrice di Tenda, the only historical drama by Vincenzo Bellini, is staged at the Carlo Felice Opera

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Beatrice of Tenda“: the plot of the work

The action takes place in 1418 at the castle of Binasco. Twenty-year-old Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, is intolerant of the marital bond that binds him to the mature Beatrice de' Lascari, Countess of Tenda and former widow of the famous leader Facino Cane. Beatrice brought many lands as a dowry, allowing her husband to strengthen the duchy, but Philip's hostile attitude towards his acquired subjects opened a chasm between the two spouses. As if that wasn't enough, Agnese del Maino, Filippo's lover but in love with Orombello, lord of Ventimiglia, discovers that the latter's heart secretly beats for Beatrice. He therefore decides to take revenge by revealing the alleged adultery to Philip. Meanwhile, Orombello has rallied the men devoted to Facino Cane against the duke and declares his plan and his feelings to Beatrice. When Agnese and Filippo catch Orombello kneeling at the feet of the countess, they see in this certain proof of betrayal and conspiracy. But in the trial that follows Orombello retracts the false accusations extorted from him under torture, proclaiming Beatrice's innocence. Therefore Philip hesitates to sign the sentence, gripped by feelings of guilt. What makes him decide, however, is the news that the opposing faction is ready to intervene armed in favor of Beatrice, who instead accepts the atrocious injustice with a religious sense, forgiving her husband and Agnese, just as Orombello forgives his political enemies. Then the countess walks towards the gallows, while her people express their heartfelt condolences to her.


Characters and performers
Filippo Maria Visconti Mattia Olivieri
Beatrice of Tenda Angela Meade
Agnese del Maino Carmela Remigio
Orombello Francesco Demuro
Anichino Manuel Pierattelli
Rizzardo del Maino Giuliano Petouchoff

Concert master
and conductor
Richard Minasi

Direction Italo Nunziata
Collaborating director Daniel Rubeca
Scenes Emmanuel Sinisi
Costumes Alessio Rosati
Lights Valerio Tiberi

Orchestra, Choir and technicians of the Carlo Felice Opera
Choir Master Claudio Marino Moretti

New layout of the Foundation Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa
in co-production with La Fenice Theater Foundation of Venice

On the occasion of the “Genoa capital of the Middle Ages” 2024 project


Beatrice of Tenda

Lyrical tragedy in two acts by
Vincenzo Bellini

on booklet by Felice Romani



15 March 2024 at 8pm 'before'
repeat performances 17 March at 3pm, 19 and 22 March at 8pm

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