The Sicilian Vespers

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Program and cast

Opera in five acts
Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier
First performed on 13 June 1855 at the Théâtre Impérial de L'Opéra Paris as part of the Paris World's Fair
Premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 20 March 2022


recommended from 16 years

In French language with German and English surtitles

3 hrs 45 mins / 1 interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance


Cast


Musical direction: Enrique Mazzola

Production: Olivier Py

Stage, costumes: Pierre-André Weitz

Lighting: Bertrand Killy

Choirs: Jeremy Bines

Dramaturgy: Jörg Königsdorf

Hélène: Saioa Hernández

Ninetta: Arianna Manganello

Henri: Piero Pretti

Guy de Montfort: Thomas Lehman

Procida: Roberto Tagliavini

Danieli: Andrew Dickinson

Mainfroid: Jörg Schörner

Robert: Padraic Rowan

Thibaut: Andrei Danilov

Le Sire de Béthune: Andrew Harris

Le Comte de Vaudemont: Tyler Zimmerman

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Choirs: Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Ballets: Opera Ballet of Deutsche Oper Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg—the "richest town of Prussia"—according to plans designed by Heinrich Seeling from 1911. It opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter. After the incorporation of Charlottenburg by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.

 

Deutsches Opernhaus, 1912
With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, the opera was under control of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to Deutsches Opernhaus, competing with the Berlin State Opera in Mitte controlled by his rival, the Prussian minister-president Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098. Carl Ebert, the pre-World War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather than endorse the Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the Glyndebourne opera festival in England. He was replaced by Max von Schillings, who acceded to enact works of "unalloyed German character". Several artists, like the conductor Fritz Stiedry or the singer Alexander Kipnis followed Ebert into emigration. The opera house was destroyed by a RAF air raid on 23 November 1943. Performances continued at the Admiralspalast in Mitte until 1945. Ebert returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the opera house was rebuilt. The sober design by Fritz Bornemann was completed on 24 September 1961. The opening production was Mozart's Don Giovanni. The new building opened with the current name.

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