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Essentials

Dramma per música in three acts
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
 
Libretto by Giovanni de Gamerra 
 
Premiered at the Teatro Regio Ducal of Milan on 26 December 1772
 
Premiere at the Teatro Real
 
New production by the Teatro Real

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real

(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Starting Point

Mozart had just turned 16 when he received the commission for Lucio Silla in March 1771. A year and a half later, he had written all the recitatives and travelled to Milan where he would compose the arias and begin rehearsals. The third of his operas opened at the Teatro Regio Ducal in December 1772 with a cast of some of the best voices of that time - not for nothing - as the score is devilishly difficult and only for singers with unshakable technique.

Only a few years later, Johann Christian Bach used the libretto for his own opera. He maintained the conventional model of 18th century European opera seria, with a story about the value of magnanimity. The Roman dictator Silla – a role inspired by the general of the same name - tries to use his political influence to conquer the daughter of his sworn enemy, Giunia, with whom he is in love. However, the girl's affections are for the exiled Roman senator Cecilio.  Silla's initial scheme falls apart, and in the end, his feelings of compassion compel him to give up his love and even renounce his power. The opera suggests that virtuous decisions are always the right ones.

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Ivor Bolton
  • Stage director: Claus Guth
  • Revival stage director: Tine Buyse
  • Set and costume designer: Christian Schmidt
  • Lighting designer: Manfred Voss
  • Dramaturg: Ronny Dietrich
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
· - ·
  • Lucio Silla: Kurt Streit (Sep. 13, 16, 18, 21, 23)
    Benjamin Bruns (Sep. 15, 17, 20, 22)
  • Giunia: Patricia Petibon (Sep. 13, 16, 18, 21, 23)
    Julie Fuchs (Sep. 15, 17, 20, 22)
  • Cecilio: Silvia Tro Santafé (Sep. 13, 16, 18, 21, 23)
    Marina Comparato (Sep. 15, 17, 20, 22)
  • Lucio Cinna: Inga Kalna (Sep. 13, 16, 18, 21, 23)
    Hulkar Sabirova (Sep. 15, 17, 20, 22)
  • Celia: María José Moreno (Sep. 13, 16, 18, 21, 23)
    Anna Devin (Sep. 15, 17, 20, 22)
  • Aufidio: Kenneth Tarver (Sep. 13, 16, 18, 21, 23)
    Roger Padullés (Sep. 15, 17, 20, 22)

Performance Dates

  • 13 SEP (W) 19:00h
    Turn Première
  • 15 SEP (F) 19:00h
    Turn B
  • 16 SEP (S) 19:00h
    Turn G
  • 17 SEP (S) 19:00h
    Turn D
  • 18 SEP (M) 19:00h
    Turn Z
  • 20 SEP (W) 19:00h
    Turn C
  • 21 SEP (T) 19:00h
    Turn A
  • 22 SEP (F) 19:00h
    Turn F
  • 23 SEP (S) 19:00h
    Turn H
  • Place: Main Auditorium