The Jewels of the Madonna

The Jewels of the Madonna

Opera

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
29. 5. 2015 30. 5. 2015

History of music reception from the past to modernity has followed the most diverse and specific paths in terms of composition and interpretation. What tends to be referred to as the fair trial of times that sieves through the heritage of the past and objectively separates the less valuable from the treasures, and awards lasting presence to artistic quality, does not always assure artistic plausibility. An inclination to a particular composer or piece always depends somewhat on trends at the time or on the unique atmosphere of an era with its own aesthetic preferences. This is how we have discovered, no too long ago, Mahler who used to be underestimated in concert halls, Vivaldi forgotten by music theatre, or the serious pieces by comedy experts Rossini and Donizetti. Similarly, in our space and time distortions, we have much to catch up in case of the German-Italian composer of the break of the 19th and 20th centuries Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Until recently only a few of his pieces prevented him from remaining a mere chapter in textbooks of music history. It was particularly the single act Il segreto di Susanna (Susan's Secret) and comedy I quatro rusteghi (The Four Curmudgeons). The première of the I gioielli della Madonna (The Jewels of the Madonna) is a small contribution to widening of our perspective and rediscovery of the remarkable author. It is an original adaptation of the genre of post-Romantic veristic drama. The atmosphere of the Italian south, precipitated and inspired by true events, is transformed into a rich and colourful score charged with emotions. It promises a captivating opera experience. The music is directed by Friedrich Haider, SND Director of Music. Mr Heider has been long dedicated to the systematic study and promotion of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and is an internationally recognised specialist on his works.

Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins with one interval