Saturday, February 1, 7 p.m., Baroque Refectory at the Dominican Monastery
ENSEMBLE DAMIAN

C. Monteverdi, O. Rinuccini, V. Zouhar, T. Hanzlík : L´ARIANNA

(Jilská 5, Prague 1)
A loose reconstruction of a Baroque opera from 1608

 

Stage director, sets and costumes: Tomáš Hanzlík

 

Performing 
Ariadna - 
Kristýna Vylíčilová
Venus, Dorilla - Dora Rubart-Pavlíková
Apollo, Theseus - Filip Dámec
Cupid, 1st fisherman, Bakchus - Martin Ptáček
Coucilor, 2nd fisherman, Jupiter - Jiří Poláček
           
Performance length: 100 minutes
In the original Italian with Czech titles.

A loose reconstruction of the lost L’Arianna opera. A rare fragment suffused with and illuminated by new visual-musical relationships. The story of a woman who overcomes all obstacles for love, humbles herself and is then abandoned by her lover on a hostile island.
Claudio Monteverdi’s opera (1567–1643) L´Arianna with libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini (1562–1621) was first performed in Mantua as one of the highlights in the celebration of Francesco Gonzaga's marriage to Margherita Savoy on May 28, 1608. Mantua had never experienced such a grand musical performance, and period witnesses estimated the audience to be 6,000 people. The scope of the preparations were consistent with the importance of the event. Monteverdi began composing L'Arianna at the end of 1607 and was nearly finished by early February. The role of L’Arianna was sung by the actress Virginia Andreini Ramponi, stage name Florinda, who was the wife of the famous actor and playwright G. B. Andreini, whose theatre company Comici fedeli was based in Mantua.
Rinuccini’s original libretto serves as a guide for Ensemble Damian in telling the story of a woman who overcomes all obstacles for love, humbles herself and is then abandoned by her lover on a hostile island. Right at the moment of her most difficult personal crisis, as she is bidding farewell to life, she meets the wine god, who makes her his wife. The opera has been reconstructed on the basis of historical sources pulled from archives all over Europe.

 



L´Arianna, photo Dominik Jedlička

 

 

 

 

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