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La Fenice Theater in Venice, Season 2021-22
A vast program finally structured over 12 months, with eleven works from Baroque to Contemporary, two dance performances, a rich symphonic program
Organized by: La Fenice Theater Foundation

La Fenice Theater Foundation Presents

The Venetian Lirico returns with relief to present an annual program, after the mini-seasons dictated by the health emergency. There Season 2021 - 22 of the La Fenice Theater Foundation of Venice, judged by the Superintendent Fortunato Ortombina, presents 11 works (including 9 new productions with a world premiere commission), 2 dance shows, and for the Symphonic Season, 17 concerts each in two replicas.

The Opera and Ballet Season 2021 - 22 of the Teatro La Fenice will open on November 20 with Fidelio of Beethoven, for the musical direction of Myung-Whun Chung and the direction of Joan Anton Rechi; to follow, the world premiere of The Baruffe of Giorgio Battistelli, in a production by Damiano Michieletto for the 60th anniversary of Marsilio Editore. They will then be set up Peter Grimes of Benjamin Britten, a work never performed at the Fenice, e The Lombard at the first crusade of Giuseppe Verdi, another title never staged in Venice in the twentieth century. The particular attention to the Baroque repertoire is confirmed with the debut of the new productions de La Griselda of Antonio Vivaldi and of Scipio in Spain of Antonio Caldara, and continues the journey Mozart with the new production of youth work Apollo et Hyacintus. Do not miss the French opera house, with a new one Faust of Charles Gounod, and the opera-comique La Fille du régiment of Gaetano Donizetti. Finally, two titles from the great repertoire will be resumed from the great productions of La Fenice, Madama Butterfly of Giacomo Puccini is The Troubadour of Giuseppe Verdi.

There are two shows of ballet on the bill: Lac of Jean-Christoph Maillot from Pëtr Il'ič Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, is Marie-Antoinette of Thierry Malandain, in the first and exclusive Italian, with the Malandain Ballet Biarritz.

The Symphonic Season will host the major directors of the current scene, including welcome returns and attractive debuts, with the opening and closing of the Season entrusted to Myung-Whun Chung, which will propose respectively Beethoven's Ninth and Mahler's Third. They will be on the podium of the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra for the first time Charles Dutoit, Robert Trevino, Louis Lortie, Joana Carneiro - which recovers last year's concert with Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps - e Dmitry Matvienko. Two great 'stars' of the streaming offered by the Fenice during the pandemic emergency will return to perform in front of the public, Markus Stenz together with the celebrated tenor Peter Seiffert for an entirely Wagnerian program, e John Axelrod to direct Bernstein and Tchaikovsky. And then there will still be Riccardo Frizza, Fabio Biondi Francesco Lanzillotta, Frédéric Chaslin. Fabio Luisi will direct i Carmina Burana by Carl Orff before the summer break, perhaps in Piazza San Marco thanks to the Municipality of Venice.

As per tradition, the Christmas concert in the Basilica of San Marco with the Marciana Chapel directed by Marco Gemmani and the Concert New Year's Eve with the musical direction of Fabio Luisi, soloists the soprano Pretty Yende and the tenor Brian Jagde, which will be broadcast live on Rai1.

The programs of the Symphony will range over time and in different musical cultures, from the Baroque with many classics from the repertoire and, in continuity with past seasons, a focus on Gustav Mahler.

Some events of both the Opera and Symphonic Season will be proposed on the new stage of the Malibran Theater, renovated thanks to a very recent intervention.

The seasonal program is completed by a four-stage project dedicated to 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri, from the wide sector Phoenix Education aimed at schools, families and new audiences, by conferences and various institutional collaborations. Particularly noteworthy is the prestigious 37. National Piano Competition Venice Award, promoted in collaboration with the Amici della Fenice Foundation, and the extensive chamber music, opera and jazz programming realized thanks to the tested collaborations with Musikamera, Musica con le Ali, Mascarade Opera Foundation, Rai Radio3 and VenetoJazz.

(In the image, Master Myung-Whun Chung, photo © Michele Crosera)

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In short

The works on the bill

Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven ((20 - 30 November) • Scuffles by Giorgio Battistelli (world premiere, February 22 - March 4) • The Lombard at the first crusade of Joseph greens (1- 9 April) • Faust by Charles Gounod (22 - 30 April) • Lin Griselda by Antonio Vivaldi (April 29 - May 8) • Scipio in Spain by Antonio Caldara (May 26 - 28) • Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten (June 24 - July 5) • Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini (10 - 22 September) • The Troubadour by Giuseppe greens (11 - 23 September) • Apollo et Hyacintus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (7 - 15 October) • La Fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti (14 - 22 October)

The ballets

Lac by Jean-Christoph Maillot from Pëtr Il'ič Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (15 - 19 December) • Marie-Antoinette by Thierry Malandain, in the first and exclusive Italian, with the Malandain Ballet Biarritz (January 26 - 30) *

In detail

Opera and Ballet Season 2021-22

Fidelio
The 2021 - 22 Season of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice opens on November 20 with Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven. On the podium Myung-Whun Chung, who is entrusted with the musical direction of the new staging which is directed by Joan Anton Rechi. Prestigious cast that sees in the main roles Ian Koziara (Florestan), Tilmann Rönnebeck (Rocco) and Tamara Wilson (Leonore). The Phoenix thus finally pays homage - which was impossible last year - to the 250th anniversary of the Bonn titan. Fidelio is the only opera composed by Beethoven, and is based on a libretto by Sonnleithner is Treitschke taken from Léonore of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly (1798) of the genus'to sauvetage'then very popular, already set to music by several composers. The genesis is complex and tormented, so much so that three versions are known: the first was composed in 1804-5 in three acts and was staged in 1805 in Vienna occupied by French troops. The third and definitive version, in two acts, dates back to 1814, and made its debut at the Teatro di Porta Carinzia.

First performance on 20 November, reruns on 23, 25, 27, 30 November 2021.

Lac  (Dance)
The December and January bill will give space to dance, with two scheduled appointments: in the days before Christmas, one of the most popular companies on the international scene returns to Venice, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. After Romeo and Juliet presented in 2019, the Monegasque ensemble will once again take the stage of the Fenice with Lac, a re-reading of the Swan Lake of the choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot. The ballet, which premiered in December 2011 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, is based on the dramaturgy conceived by Maillot and the writer Jean Rouaud, on original music by Tchaikovsky with additions by Bertrand Maillot. The choreography blends classical ballet and modern dance giving life to a dramatic and sensual show, crossed from beginning to end by an intriguing tension. The scenes are from Ernest Pignon-Ernest, the costumes of Philippe Guillotel, the lights of Maillot with Samuel Thery. The music will be performed live by the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra directed by Igor Dronov.

On stage on 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 December 2021

Marie-Antoinette
The new year also opens in the name of dance, with the Venetian debut of Malandain Ballet Biarritz at the end of January. The French company will propose Marie-Antoinette, a choreography by Thierry Malandain on music by Franz Joseph Haydn is Christoph Willibald Gluck which will be staged in first and exclusive Italian after the 2019 debut at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles. The creation is a danced portrait of the controversial figure of the Queen of France, and in particular of her life in Versailles, amidst frivolity, court intrigues and power games. The show, which makes use of the sets and costumes of Jorge Gallardo, with the lights of François Menou, was created with the support of Palazzo Garzoni and in collaboration with the Malandain Endowment Fund for Dance.

On stage on 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 January 2022.

The quarrels
In February we return to opera again, with one first ever performance commissioned by the Teatro La Fenice Foundation, The quarrels of Giorgio Battistelli. The initiative stems from a long and consolidated collaboration between Teatro La Fenice and Marsilio Editori, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the publishing house, which since 1993 has started the publication of the national edition of Goldoni's Works. And from the Goldonian comedy The Chiozzotte quarrels the new work by Battistelli - already winner of the 2018 Abbiati Prize for Richard III set up by the Fenice - on a libretto by Damiano Michieletto, who also takes care of the direction. The scenes are from Paolo Fantin and the costumes of Carla Teti, Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Enrico Calesso. The production is carried out with the support of the Veneto Region.

World premiere on 22 February, reruns on 24, 26 February and 2, 4 March 2022.

The Lombards at the first crusade
In April, the opera program looks at the young man greens, with a new staging of the Lombards at the first crusade, enriching a line of programming dedicated to the first titles of the Verdi catalog, which will continue over the next few years. Verdi's fourth opera staged for the first time at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 11 February 1843, recording the same grandiose success met by the Nabucco the previous year on the same scenes. The title is almost new for Venice, where it was represented only once in the 19th century after the Scaligero debut, and never during the 20th century. Opera in four acts by Themistocles Solera, from the eponymous poem by Tommaso Grossi, The Lombards at the first crusade stage a story that develops the theme of the encounter between East and West, between cultures and religions: a work of great relevance, which will be presented under the direction of Valentino Villa, the scenes of Massimo Checchetto and the costumes of Elena Cicorella. The musical direction of the score will be entrusted to Sebastiano Rolli, making his debut on the Venetian podium and leading a cast composed for the main roles from below. Michele Pertusi, from the soprano Roberta Mantegna and by the tenor Antonio Poli.

First performance 1 April, reruns on 3, 5, 7, 9 April 2022

Faust
Also in April, a great title from the French opera house returns to the stage, Faust of Charles Gounod, performed for the first time the Theâtre Lyrique di Parti in March 1859. Set up at the Fenice last June using also the stalls then closed to the public, the work will be presented in a totally renewed guise, in an unprecedented staging realized in coproduction with the Teatro Comunale of Bologna. Confirmed the direction of Joan Anton Rechi and the musical direction of Frédéric Chaslin, and the main performers seen in June, Ivan Ayon Rivas in the role of Faust, Alex Esposito in that of Méphistophélès e Carmela Remigio in the part of Marguerite. The scenes are edited by Sebastien Ellirch, the costumes of Giorgia Salaverri.

To underline the strong symbolic link between this opera and the Teatro La Fenice: Gounod's Faust is the title with which the Venetian opera house has repeatedly reopened after closures linked to dramatic historical events: in 1866 after the prolonged closure between the 2nd and 3rd war of independence, in 1920 after the Spanish epidemic following the First World War, in 1946 after the post-war reopening, and in recent months welcoming the public again after the pandemic lockdown.

First performance on 22 April, reruns on 24, 26, 28, 30 April 2022.

La Griselda
Great attention is dedicated to the Baroque and Vivaldi opera in particular, in continuity with a specific path that the La Fenice Theater Foundation has started a few years ago. In fact, the fascinating rediscovery of Vivaldi opera player continues: after Orlando furious (2018) and Dorilla in Tempe (2019) and more recently Farnace (2021), La Fenice will propose an unprecedented staging of the Griselda, an opera in three acts by the Red Priest based on a libretto by Apostle Zeno updated by Carlo Goldoni, which was staged for the first time on May 18, 1735 at the Teatro San Samuele in Venice. The musical direction will be entrusted again to Diego Fasolis, one of the leading experts in Vivaldi's music, while direction, sets and costumes will be handled by Gianluca Falaschi.

Malibran Theater, premiered on 29 April, reruns on 3, 5, 7, 8 May 2022.

Scipio in Spain
The second appointment with the musical theater of the eighteenth century is part of the project Youth Opera, born from the collaboration between La Fenice and the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory and designed in particular for the public of schools, families and new generations. This is another rediscovery in the field of Venetian opera: Scipio in Spain, drama for music by Antonio Caldara on booklet by Apostle Zeno, first seen at the Vienna Hoftheater on November 4, 1722. The Phoenix billboard features the first run of the work in modern times in the 300th anniversary of the debut with theORorchestra of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory directed by Francesco Erle and directed by Francesco Bellotto.

Malibran Theater, first performance in modern times - staged on May 26, 27 and 28, 2022.

Peter Grimes
From the Venetian eighteenth century to the twentieth century with an opera never performed in the lagoon, Peter Grimes of Benjamin Britten. Despite the close friendship of the English composer with the Fenice, the title was completely missing from the annals of the Venetian Theater. Composed on a booklet by Montagu Slater taken from the poem The Borough of George Crabbe, Peter Grimes premiered at Sadler's Wells in London on June 7, 1945. It was Britten's first major theatrical success, and in a nation still badly wounded by war, it also represented a moment of artistic rebirth. The Scottish director signs the new staging of La Fenice Paul Curran, with the sets and costumes of Gary McCann, while the prestigious baton of is called to the musical direction Juraj Valčuha. Main interpreters the tenor Brenden Gunnell and the bass-baritone Mark Doss.

First performance on 24 June, reruns on 26, 29 June and 2, 5 July 2022.

Madama Butterfly
After the August break, the titles of the great repertoire are back on the scene, with the resumption of the alternation of two of the most prestigious and admired productions of La Fenice.

From 10 September it will be on the bill Madama Butterfly of Giacomo Puccini, in the edition produced by the Venetian Opera as a special project of the 55th Venice Biennale, with the sets and costumes of the Japanese artist Mariko Mori and the direction of the Spaniard Àlex Rigola, director of the innovative Teatre Liceu in Barcelona for many years. The main roles will be played by Monica Zanettin (Cio-cio-san), Vincenzo Costanzo (Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Alberto Mastromarino (Sharpless), with the musical direction of Sesto Quatrini.

On stage on 10, 16, 18, 20, 22 September 2022.

The troubadour
Alternating with Butterfly from 11 September he will also return to the stage The Troubadour, masterpiece from the popular trilogy of Giuseppe Verdi which debuted in Rome in 1853. The staging will be the one signed by the director Lorenzo Mariani with the sets and costumes by William Orlandi. The musical direction of the recovery is entrusted to Francesco Ivan Ciampa, protagonists in the main roles Mattia Olivieri (The Count of Luna), Francesca Dotto (Leonora), Carmen Topciu (Azucena), Antonio Poli (Manrico).

On stage 11, 15, 17, 21, 23 September 2022.

Apollo et Hyacintus
Season closure in October with two new productions, the first of which is the interlude Apollo et Hyacintus consisting of a Mozart just eleven. After The Shepherd King is Der Schauspieldirektor, in the wake of a path dedicated to the musical theater of the great Salzburg region, La Fenice presents a new staging of the first stage work by the young Wolfgang, commissioned by the University of Salzburg for the final show of the academic year 1766-1767. Composed on the Latin text of the Benedictine Rufinus Widl, local professor of rhetoric, Apollo et Hyacintus it was represented as an interlude of the school drama Clementia Croesi, by the same author. The new staging will be made by students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice under the supervision of Cecilia Ligorio, with the musical direction of Giancarlo Andretta.

Malibran Theater, premiered on 7 October, reruns on 9, 11, 13 and 15 October 2022.

La Fille du régiment
The freshness of the beloved opéra-comique La will seal the bill Fille du régiment of Gaetano Donizetti. The first French opera given in Paris by the composer from Bergamo, the work is inscribed in the feverish activity of Donizetti in the capital of the years 1839-40. Composed on a booklet by Jean-François-Alfred Bayard is Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, La Fille du régiment made its debut at the Opéra-Comique, February 11, 1840. Initially received with coldness, the opera achieved ever-increasing success, so much so that in the early twentieth century the performances at the Opéra-Comique exceeded a thousand: a absolute primacy, in that theater, for an opera by a non-French composer.

The new staging of the Fenice made in co-production with the Teatro Regio di Torino, bears the signature of the duo Beards & Doucet - alias Renaud Doucet is André Barbe - with the musical direction of Stephen Ranzani. In the cast is tenor John Osborn in the role of Tonio, the soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo in that of Marie e Marisa Laurito in the spoken role of Duchesse Krakenthorp.

First performance on 14 October, reruns on 16, 18, 20, 22 October 2022.

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The Symphonic Season 2021 – 22

4 and 5 December 2021 Opening concert of the Symphonic Season directed by Myung-Whun Chung
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony n. 9 in D minor for solos, choir and orchestra, Op. 125

20 (by invitation only) and 21 December 2021 Christmas concert directed by Marco Gemmano  with the Marciana Chapel at the St. Mark's Basilica
Music by Baldassarre Galuppi

8 and 9 January 2022 Concert directed by John Axelrod, violin Francesca Dego
Leonard Bernstein, Serenade for violin and orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony n. 6 in B minor, Op.74 Pathetic

15 and 16 January 2022 Concert directed by Charles Dutoit
Maurice Ravel, Ma Mère l'Oye - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony n. 39 in E flat major K 543 - Claude Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - Igor Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite 1919

5 and 6 February 2022 Concert directed by Riccardo Frizza, piano Elia Cecino  (Malibran Theater)
Fryderyk Chopin, Concerto for piano and orchestra n.1 op.11 - Robert Schumann, Symphony n. 3 op. 97 Rhenish

27 February and 1 March 2022 ″Concert directed by Francesco Lanzillotta, soprano Ekaterina Bakanova
Music by Rossini, Johann Strauss, Dvořák, Offenbach, Lehár, Bernstein, Kálmán

12 and 13 March 2022 Concert directed by Markus Stenz
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, “Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt” op. 27 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony n. 41 in C Major, K 551 Jupiter - Robert Schumann, Symphony n. 2 in C major op. 61

18 and 19 March 2022  Direct concert on the piano from Myung-Whun Chung (Malibran Theater)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 23 in A major K 488 - Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony n. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 Eroica

14 and 15 May 2022 Concert directed by Frédéric Chaslin
Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - Maurice Ravel, Bolero

21 and 22 May 2022 Concert directed by Markus Stenz, tenor Peter Seiffert
Music by Richard Wagner

May 27 and 28, 2022 Concert directed by Robert Trevino
Gustav Mahler, Symphony n. 7 in E minor

4 and 5 June 2022 Direct concert on the piano from Louis Lortie (Malibran Theater)
Edvard Grieg, Concerto for piano and orchestra, op. 16 - Robert Schumann, Concerto for piano and orchestra Op. 54

10 and 11 June 2022  Concert directed by Fabio Biondi (Malibran Theater)
Antonio Vivaldi, Ercole sul Termodonte, Symphony - Concerto for strings in F major F.XI n. 28 - Violin Concerto RV 222 - La Griselda, Symphony - Franz Joseph Haydn, Divertimento in D major Hob III D.3 - Violin Concerto in G major Hob VII n. 4

8 and 9 July 2022 Concert directed by Fabio Luisi
Carl Orff, Carmina Burana

26 and 28 August 2022 Concert directed by Joana Carneiro
Manuel de Falla, El sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 2 - Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps

29 and 30 October 2022 Concert directed by Dmitry Matvienko (Malibran Theater)
Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony n.104 London - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony n. 1 op. 13 Winter dreams

5 and 6 November 2022 Concert directed by Myung-Whun Chung
Gustav Mahler, Symphony n. 3 in D minor in six tempos for alto, women's choir, children's choir and orchestra                                
La Fenice Theater in Venice, Season 2021-22

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