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Karina Gauvin in Ascanio, exclusive piece of Camille Saint-Saens at Grand Théâtre de Genève.

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Opera in five acts and seven tableaux by Camille Saint-Saëns

Libretto, by Louis Gallet, is based on the 1852 play Benvenuto Cellini by Paul Meurice. First performed on March 21, 1890, at the Académie Nationale de Musique in Paris.

World Première

Concert version
In coproduction with the Haute école de musique de Genève

Sung in French with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx. 3:20 (with one intermission)

Of the thirteen operas by Saint-Saëns, just one, Samson, remains in the repertoire, while another, Ascanio, is yet to be showcased in its complete, original version. And yet the eponymous play by Paul Meurice, based on the memoires of Benvenuto Cellini, inspired the composer to produce an extraordinary work, blending – in a masterful tapestry of leitmotifs – the sensuality of French music, the passionate accents of Italian lyricism and the refinement of the melodies and dances of the Renaissance repertoire. Far from the hieratic style of SamsonAscaniois a true lyrical drama during which Benvenuto Cellini, envied for his genius, prestige and the power he holds over the King of France, triumphs over the court intrigues by saving his disciple Ascanio, whose life is in danger…

Musical Director Guillaume Tourniaire
Benvenuto Cellini Jean-François Lapointe
Pagolo Joé Bertili
Ascanio Bernard Richter
Scozzone Ève-Maud Hubeaux
François 1er Jean Teitgen
La Duchesse d’Étampes Karina Gauvin
Colombe d’Estourville Clémence Tilquin
Un Mendiant Mohammed Haidar
D’Estourville Bastien Combe
D’Orbec Maxence Billiemaz
Charles-Quint Raphaël Hardmeyer
Une Ursuline Olivia Doutney
Orchestre symphonique de la HEM
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
HEM Chorus

Director Alan Woodbridge



And Giorgio Caoduro in Il Borgomastro di Saardam at Festival Donizetti !

Giorgio Caoduro Ritagliata


Melodramma giocoso by Domenico Gilardoni

Music Gaetano Donizetti

World Premiere of the new version:  Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Jenuary 2, 1828
Review on autograph by Alberto Sonzogni
© Fondazione Donizetti

The Czar Giorgio Caoduro
Pietro Flimann Juan Francisco Gatell
Wambett Andrea Concetti
Marietta Irina Dubrovskaya
Carlotta Aya Wakizono
Leforte Pietro Di Bianco
Alì Mahmed Pasquale Scircoli
Un uffiziale Alessandro Ravasio

Conductor Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Staging Davide Ferrario
Sets Francesca Bocca
Costumes Giada Masi
Lighting design Alessandro Andreoli
Assistant Stage director Marina Bianchi
Assistant Conductor Roberto Frattini

Orchestra Donizetti Opera

Coro Donizetti Opera
Chorus Master Fabio Tartari

New production by Fondazione Donizetti