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GISELLE - Ballet Opera Rome

Venue: Teatro dell'Opera di Roma - Teatro Costanzi

Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7
00187 Roma
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Giselle, a beautiful peasant girl, falls in love with a handsome young stranger. Ignore who he is. He says his name Loys. But the gamekeeper Hilarion, which makes it particularly careful jealousy, suspected that the young man was a great gentleman. The dance involves everyone. Giselle's mother is concerned that the poor health of his daughter not resist the passion for dance, and remembering the sad fate of the Wilis - death before the wedding and condemned to dance all night until dawn - fears a tragic end. Giselle, laughing fears of his mother, continues the dance in the company of handsome young man, and is consecrated queen of the party. The Prince of Courland, who was passing by with his entourage, he stops in front of the home of Giselle and asks to drink. Giselle is perhaps the daughter of Berthe and the Prince of Courland? The mother is afraid that history will repeat itself between Giselle and Albrecht. The daughter of the Prince of Courland, Princess Bathilde, is engaged Albrecht, Duke of Silesia which is none other than the young man soon unmasked by Hilarion, who discovered the noble sword. Giselle shocked by this revelation, goes mad and dies. At midnight, in the forest, in front of a tombstone topped by a cross, pass surreptitiously of white shadows, supernatural creatures. They are the Wilis, the souls of the girls left by an unfaithful lover. The night they take their revenge by attracting young people to make them lose in the darkness. Myrtha, their queen, brings them together because they have to accommodate a new partner: Giselle appears in its veils faded. Albrecht, who came to lay flowers on the grave of the girl, sees the rise of the beloved white image, a ghost floating trying to stop but that continually eludes him. Giselle runs away but he follows her hallucinating. Here comes the imprudent Hilarion, who Villi dragged into a crazy dance and deadly: he is their first victim. Albrecht should suffer the same fate, but Giselle begs the mercy of Myrtha and the Wilis other, which, however, are inflexible. Sentenced to dance till you drop, Albrecht is supported by the love of Giselle in a desperate dance that, at least for a moment, unites them. Soon, however, the force spectra of dawn to escape. Even Giselle disappears, leaving Albrecht to his life.

Program details

Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
Choreography: Patricia Ruanne
After: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Sets and Costume Design: Anna Anni
Lighting Design: Mario de Amicis
with Rebecca Bianchi, Alessandra Amato

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma - Teatro Costanzi

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The Teatro dell'Opera, from its building (1879), at Domenico Costanzi’s request (1810-1898), and 1926, when it was bought by the then Governor of RomE, bore the name of Domenico Costanzi, building contractor and impresario, who committed the building to the Milanese architect Achille Sfondrini (1836-1900), specialized in theatre building and renovation. Built in 18 months on the area prevIously occupied by Heliogabalus’ villa, it was inaugurated on November 27th, 1880 with Semiramide by G. Rossini, conducted by the Maestro Giovanni Rossi, in the presence of the King and Queen of Italy.

Sfrondini’s design privileges the acoustic effect, by conceiving the interior structure as a "resonance chamber": as is particularly evident from the horseshoe shape. At the beginning, the theatre, with a seating capacity of 2,212 spectators, had three tiers of boxes, an amphitheatre, a gallery. All was surmounted by a dome with splendid frescoes by Annibale Brugnoli.

Costanzi invested all his personal assets in the venture. However, due to the despotic refusal of the City Council to redeem the theatre, Costanzi was obliged to manage it himself. Despite the fact that he had to deal with huge financial problems, under his management the opera house held many world premières of such operas as Cavalleria Rusticana (on May 17th, 1890) and L'Amico Fritz(October 31st 1891), both by Pietro Mascagni, who then became very well known.

For a brief period, the theatre was managed by the founder's son, Enrico Costanzi, who contributed to other great premières: Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (January 14th, 1900) and Le Maschere (January 17th, 1901). In 1907, the Teatro Costanzi was managed by the impresario Walter Mocchi (1870-1955) on behalf of the Società Teatrale Internazionale e Nazionale (STIN).

In 1912 Emma Carelli (1877-1928), Mocchi's wife, became the managing director of the new «Impresa Costanzi», named as such following various changes in the company structure. With Rome City Council’s purchase of Costanzi company, the theatre became “Teatro Reale dell'Opera” and a partial rebuilding was commissioned to the architect Marcello Piacentini. Closed on November 15th, 1926, it was re-opened on February 27th, 1928 with the opera Nerone by Arrigo Boito, conducted by the Maestro Gino Marinuzzi.

With the advent of the Republic, the theatre gained the current name of Teatro dell'Opera. In 1958, the building was further remodeled and modernised at the request of the Rome City Council. In over a century, the Teatro dell’Opera has seen its prestige increase internationally. During the several seasons, the most acclaimed voices worldwide followed one another: Enrico Caruso; Beniamino Gigli; Aureliano Pertile; Giacomo Lauri-Volpi; Claudia Muzio; Maria Caniglia; Maria Callas; Renata Tebaldi; Montserrat Caballé; Marilyn Horne; Raina Kabaivanska; Mario Del Monaco; Franco Corelli; Giuseppe Di Stefano; Tito Gobbi; Alfredo Kraus; Ruggero Raimondi; José Carreras; Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Among the finest conductors, we can mention Otto Klemperer, Arturo Toscanini, Victor De Sabata, Marinuzzi,Vittorio Gui, Tullio Serafin, Von Karajan, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Georges Prêtre, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Giuseppe Patanè, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Nino Sanzogno, Gianluigi Gelmetti and since 2008 the Maestro Riccardo Muti.


How to reach Teatro dell'Opera

Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7


Via Nazionale - H, 40, 60, 64, 70, 71, 170, 116T
Via Depretis - 70, 71
Via Cavour - 16, 75, 84, 150 (festivo), 360, 590, 649, 714
Stazione Termini - 16, 38, 75, 86, 90, 217, 310, 360, 649, 714

phone number  - 06.3570

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