The Macerata Opera Festival 2020 #biancocoraggio – which will complete the triad with #verdesperanza (2018) and #rossodesiderio (2019) – will feature Tosca, Don Giovanni and Il Trovatore (from 17 July to 9 August). These titles will evoke and explore in depth three main themes: emancipation, enlightenment, and fate. Moreover – according to the Superintendent Luciano Messi, the Artistic Director Barbara Minghetti, and the Music Director Francesco Lanzillotta – these operas will present, through the richness of their librettos and the power of their characters, three different epiphanies of “courage”: loyal, mocking, and valiant.
The 56th edition of the Macerata Opera Festival will open with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Tosca (17 and 26 July, 1 and 7 August), directed by Valentina Carrasco. The talented Argentine director has worked with the theatrical group “Fura dels Baus” and she is the author of numerous shows, including Carmen, which was staged in Caracalla (Rome), and Les Vêpres Siciliennes, which will mark the forthcoming opening of the “Teatro dell’Opera di Roma” (Rome). The leading role will be played by the Slovenian soprano Rebeka Lokar, who has already enchanted Italian audiences at the “Teatro Regio di Torino” (Turin) and the “Arena di Verona”. Piero Pretti, one of today’s most acclaimed tenors, will debut in the role of Cavaradossi, while Roberto Frontali, who returns to Macerata after his great success with Macbeth, will take on the role of Scarpia. On the podium: Francesco Lanzillotta (Music Director of the Festival) will conduct the “Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana” (the festival orchestra, as always).
Tosca is the work that brought Puccini and his two favourite librettists right into the Twentieth century, with a tragic triangle of love, power and freedom that grips all characters, both positive and negative, and sees them defeated by fate soon after the tenor sings the famous aria “E lucevan le stelle”.
Those notes will resound all the more perfectly under the Sferisterio sky, where Tosca returns after 6 years. Don Giovanni, written in 1787, led the pair Mozart-Da Ponte to achieve unprecedented results that were pivotal for opera in the years to come. In this work, love, cynicism, rationality and boldness blend into a plot full of metaphors and enriched by timeless melodies, such as “Madamina, il catalogo è questo” and “Là ci darem la mano”. Don Giovanni was last seen in Macerata in 1991, staged at the Lauro Rossi theatre.
Il trovatore was written in 1853, with a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. It belongs to Verdi’s so-called popular trilogy and it is the epitome of opera Romanticism. Last staged at the Sferisterio in 2016, it offers a mixture of love, mystery and obscurity, moving from the intimate notes of “Tacea la notte placida” to the frenzy of “Di quella pira l’orrendo foco”.