By Francisco Salazar
The Ravenna Festival is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary with Mozart’s Da Ponte trilogy.
The festival will present the trilogy from Oct. 31 through Nov. 6 at the Teatro Alighieri. The festival will join forces with two of Europe’s oldest theatres, the Swedish Drottningholms Slottsteater and the Opéra Royal de Versailles.
On the podium of the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, will be Giovanni Conti, Erina Yashima, and Tais Conte Renzetti. The production will be directed by Ivan Alexandre directs while Antoine Fontaine, who also takes care of the lighting with Alexandre, curates the costume design.
In a statement, Alexandre said, “They are three different plays, but performed with aesthetic harmony and telling the story of the same character: a libertine we call Cherubino in his youth, Don Giovanni in adulthood, and Don Alfonso at a later age. So the love-crazed youth turns into a heart-breaker who, when old enough, encourages the young people to re-enact his vices. It is as if one heart were beating in three different chests, a ‘cycle of desire’ within which each title can exist on its own. Bringing all three to stage as a sequence, however, gives particular meaning to each one and makes a coherent whole. They are three moments in a love life, crafted from the same material; familiar dramas in which everyday life turns into an extraordinary adventure. We wanted to return to the spontaneity of the touring theatres of the past: make-up tables, clothes valets, and screens are scattered across the stage. There are no wings, nothing is on the hangers (except for a few lights), there are no traps, only a few wooden structures and a few sketches on moving canvas.”
“Le Nozze di Figaro” will be performed on Oct. 31 and Nov. 4 and will star Clemente Antonio Daliotti, Arianna Vendittelli, Ana Maria Labin, Robert Gleadow, and Lea Desandre.
“Don Giovanni” will be performed on Nov. 1 and 5 and will star Christian Federici, Iulia Maria Dan, Callum Thorpe, Julien Henric, and Chiara Skerath.
Finally “Così fan tutte” is set to for Nov. 2 and 6 and will star Miriam Albano, Robert Gleadow, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Ana Maria Labin, and José Maria Lo Monaco.