Opera Benvenutto Cellini
Thursday 12 April 2018, 18H:30

Benvenutto Cellini


The Florentine sculptor and silversmith Benvenuto Cellini rapidly attained a degree of renown that went beyond the confines of Italy. His flamboyant temperament, his acute awareness of his own talent and the freedom of spirit he flaunted before those in power are all characteristics that inspired Berlioz when he read his memoirs. Invariably embroiled in conspiracies, intrigues and quarrels, Cellini is commissioned by the Pope to cast a large sculpture of Perseus. He is loved by Teresa, but she is promised to Fieramosca, an academic artist who has not been favoured with a papal commission. Terry Gilliam’s exuberant production draws the protagonists into a delirious and joyful yet claustrophobic and megalomaniac world: a flaring up of contagious madness.

Opera in two acts (1838)
Music by Hector Berlioz
Libretto by Léon de Wailly and Auguste Barbier

Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
Stage director: Terry Gilliam
Co-stage director and choreography: Leah Hausman
Set design: Terry Gilliam and Aaron Marsden
Costume design: Katrina Lindsay
Lighting design: Paule Constable
Video: Finn Ross
Chorus master: Ching-Lien Wu

Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Koor van De Nationale Opera

Benvenuto Cellini, John Osborn
Giacomo Balducci, Maurizio Muraro
Fieramosca, Laurent Naouri
Le Pape Clement VII, Orlin Anastassov
Francesco, Nicky Spence
Bernardino, Scott Conner
Pompeo, André Morsch
Le Cabaretier, Marcel Beekman
Teresa, Mariangela Sicilia
Ascanio, Michèle Losier

3:00 plus one interval
Performed in French, with English / German subtitles
Coproduction with Opéra national de Paris