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The Teatro Real begins what will be a special season, one which commemorates the Bicentennial of its foundation, along with the 20th anniversary of its re-opening.  It is an occasion to stage important titles in the history of opera which have not been seen on stage, or recoup others which have been performed in the past. A case in point is Mozart’s Lucio Silla. The Madrid stage curtain will rise on this opera for the first time ever on September 13.

Lucio Silla will be conducted by Ivor Bolton, a Mozart expert and Musical Director of the Teatro Real. The stage direction is by Claus Guth. The Principal Orchestra of the Teatro Real will be in the pit and the two casts are led by Kurt Streit and Benjamin Bruns, in the role of the tyrant Silla. Joining them are Patricia Petibon, Julie Fuchs, Silvia Tro Santafé and María José Moreno, among others. 


Dramma per musica 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)

Approximate running time

3 hours and 35 minutes

Part I: 120 minutes
Intermission: 25 minutes
Part II: 70 minutes

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
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  • 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)

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.

Programme of show

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Performance Dates

  • 13 SEP (W) 21:00h
  • 15 SEP (F) 21:00h
  • 16 SEP (S) 21:00h
  • 17 SEP (S) 21:00h
  • 18 SEP (M) 21:00h
  • 20 SEP (W) 21:00h
  • 21 SEP (T) 21:00h
  • 22 SEP (F) 21:00h
  • 23 SEP (S) 21:00h
  • Place: Main Auditorium