AUGUST 27, 2021 9pm CET
Streaming Live August 27, 2021 h 9pm
Melodramma in quattro atti su libretto di Francesco Maria Piave, rifacimento dello Stiffelio
Rimini, Teatro Nuovo, August 16 1857.
Aroldo Antonio Corianò
Mina Lidia Fridman
Egberto Michele Govi
Briano Adriano Gramigni
Godvino Cristiano Olivieri
Enrico Lorenzo Sivelli
Un conferenziere Ivano Marescotti
Manlio Benzi conductor
Emilio Sala, Edoardo Sanchi directors and drammaturgy
Isa Traversi scenic movement
Giulia Bruschi scene
Elisa Serpilli costuming
Nevio Cavina lighting
Matteo Castiglioni video projections
Maria Grazia Cervetti and Rinaldo Rinaldi Pictorial reconstruction of the historical curtain
by Francesco Coghetti
Riccardo Mainetti assistant set designer
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
chorus master Corrado Casati
Teatro Galli di Rimini
Teatro Alighieri di Ravenna
Teatro Comunale di Modena
Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
In a new production to be broadcast online on Friday 27 August 2021,
OperaStreaming presents Verdi’s rarely-performed Aroldo from the Teatro Galli,
Rimini, where it first premiered at the inauguration of the Teatro Galli on 16 August 1857.
A tale of adultery, honour and reconciliation, Aroldo the only opera by Verdi to have made
its debut in the composer’s native Emilia-Romagna region, and the only opera written
expressly for the inauguration of a new theatre in Italy. Following extensive damage during
the Second World War, the impressive Teatro Galli has recently been restored to its
original splendour and reopened in 2018 after 75 years closed.
Verdi’s Aroldo was reworked extensively from his unsuccessful 1850 work Stiffelio, with
three acts turned into four, and the action transported to 13th-century Scotland to avoid
problems with the censors around the religious theme. The new setting sees the Saxon
knight Aroldo return from the Crusades to find his wife Mina distraught and preparing to
confess her adultery with Godvino; the principal characters of Aroldo soon find themselves
embroiled in dramatic duels of honour and thorny matters of repentance and forgiveness.
The opera is rarely performed today, with only a handful of productions since 2000.
The new production of Aroldo by directors Emilio Sala and Edoardo Sanchi complements
Verdi’s adulterous tale with the story of Rimini and its theatre, an open wound in the heart
of the city until the 1995 display of the original theatre curtain – depicting Julius Caesar
crossing the ancient Rubicone river in Rimini, and retrieved from the theatre’s rubble in
1943 – united the city in desire to see the whole theatre restored.
Emilio Sala said:
“The starting point for our production is the “dramaturgy of forgiveness” which – in a rare
case – lies at the basis of Verdi’s musical project, a dramaturgy which, in the same year
(1857), had already been experimented by the great composer in Simon Boccanegra,
although with a tragic outcome: Fiesco and Simone reconcile but the latter dies of
poisoning. In Aroldo, on the other hand, the final forgiveness opens up a cathartic space
– albeit a very fragile one – full of expectations and hope.”
Noted Verdi tenor Antonio Corianò takes the title role opposite the young Russian rising
star soprano Lidia Fridman as his wife Mina, with Michele Govi as Mina’s father Egberto.
Renowned Rimini-born conductor Manlio Benzi returns to the city to conduct the young
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini in a performance that also includes Adriano
Gramigni as Briano and Cristiano Olivieri as Godvino.
TEATRO GALLI DI RIMINI
Erected between 1843 and 1856 the Amintore Galli Theatre was inaugurated in 1857 with the first performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aroldo. Its project and neoclassical style was signed by Luigi Poletti, an architect and engineer of the Papal States. Originally it was called “Teatro Nuovo” (the New Theatre) and it changed its name in 1859 to Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II. Only later, in 1947, it was dedicated to the composer Amintore Galli (1845-1919).
The theatre’s activity was interrupted in 1943, when the building was severely destroyed by the Second World War bombings: the auditorium and the stage collapsed while the foyer was the only part that remained almost undamaged.
On 28th October 2018, after 75 years of silence, the theatre reopened to the public, welcomed by the amazing voice of Cecilia Bartoli, a world star of opera. The re-opening ceremony lasted three months, with special events like the stage performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, conducted by Valerij Gergiev with the orchestra of St. Petersburg’s Marinsky Theatre, and the show of Roberto Bolle, the world-famous dance artist, Roberto Bolle and Friends.