Appointment to the theater
The engines are running for the start of the new 2016-2017 theater season in the two main theaters of Venice: La Fenice and the Goldoni.
To open the season in style, on October 19, the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will present, for first time in Italy, its new version of The Merchant of Venice, starring the Hollywood actor Jonathan Pryce (until October 21).
La Abadia Theater of Madrid, who will stage Miguel de Cervantes from Entremeses directed by José Luis Gómez (3-4 December).
Giorgio Sangati accepted the challenge of bringing a new interpretation to an all-time landmark of the theater, Harlequin, Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (23-27 February).
On April 5 the Carolyn Carlson Company will pay tribute to its founder, the great dancer and choreographer by bringing her triptych Short Stories (All That falls - Immersion - Mandala) to the stage.
Closing the season is Stomp, a cult group of dancers, percussionists, actors and acrobats who turn the sounds of urban civilization into a rhythmic symphony (May 23 to 28).
La Fenice Theater
The season opens on 4 November 2016, 50 years after the flood of Venice.
La Fenice will present a world premiere with the telling title Aquagranda (High Waters), a work by Filippo Perocco commissioned by the Foundation and based on the novel “Acqua Granda” by Roberto Bianchin.
Starting from December 9, Attila by Verdi, conducted by Riccardo Frizza, directed by Daniele Abbado and starring Pavlo Balakin.
Bellini is present with La Sonnambula, directed by Fabrizio Maria Carminati; Rossini with Bepi Morassi’s production of The Barber of Seville, and L’occasione fa il ladro, directed by Elisabetta Brusa; Donizetti with Lucia di Lammermoor, in a new production by Francesco Micheli.
For the foreign repertoire, there are three major titles: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Bizet’s Carmen.
But the final gift is that of the great trio that will go on stage for the first time in Venice, over a single week in June: L’Orfeo (16, 17, 18 June), Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria (20 June) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (21 June).
Among the great conductors engaged in the rich symphonic season are: Yuri Termikanov (14, 16 October); Jader Bignamini (18 and 19 November); Diego Matheuz (7 and 8 January); Marek Janowski with Schumann’s third (27, 29 January); and James Conlon conducting the National RAI Orchestra (May 21).
The three evenings of David Parsons’ company (16-18 March) and Jean-Guillaume Bart’ choreography of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty (May 10 to 14) complete this packed choral season.