St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Benvenuto Cellini

opera in three acts

Performed in French

Performers

Conductor:

Christian Knapp

Roles are being rehearsed by:
Giacomo Balducci: Nikolai Kamensky, Oleg Sychov
Teresa: Anastasia Kalagina, Violetta Lukyanenko, Lyudmila Dudinova, Oxana Shilova
Benvenuto Cellini: Sergei Semishkur, Alexander Mikhailov, Andrei Popov, Dmitry Voropaev
Ascanio: Evelina Agabalaeva, Ekaterina Krapivina, Yulia Matochkina
Fieramosca: Nikolai Gassiev, Sergei Romanov, Viktor Korotich

Credits

Music by Hector Berlioz
Libretto by Léon de Wailly and Auguste Barbier, after Cellini´s Memoirs

Musical Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Conductor: Christian Knapp
Stage Director: Vasily Barkhatov
Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin
Lighting Designer: Alexander Sivaev
Costume Designer: Tatiana Mashkova
Musical Preparation: Natalia Mordashova
Chorus Master: Pavel Teplov
French language Coach: Ksenia Klimenko

SYNOPSIS

Act I
The carnaval on Monday
The Pope's treasurer Balducci is displeased that the jeweller and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, and not his rival Fieramosca, has been asked by the Pope to create a statue of Perseus; Balducci plans to have his daughter Teresa marry Fieramosca. Teresa receives a love letter from Cellini; soon he will come to see her when her father is absent. The lovers plan to elope. Unseen, Fieramosca intrudes and listens to their converstion. Upon his return, Balducci discovers his daughter's unexpected visitor, and Cellini manages to conceal himself. The father is enraged and plans to punish his daughter's suitor.

Act II
The carnaval on Tuesday, evening
Cellini is feasting with his friends. There is no more money for wine, but the imposing account from the shop must be paid. Fortunately Ascanio, Cellini's devoted pupil, arrives and brings his advance fee for his work on the statue of Perseus. Truth be known, the advance fee is miserable. The friends resolve to ridicule Balducci. At the same time, Fieramosca, who has summoned the bandit Pompeo for assistance, plans to interfere with Cellini's plans to abduct Teresa. The guests assemble for the dinner party. After a theatrical performance Cellini wishes to depart with Teresa, but Pompeo – dressed exactly the same – appears before the girl. A dispute arises between the rivals and Cellini kills Pompeo. The murderer manages to flee, but Fieramosca is arrested.

Act III
Scene 1. First day of Lent, morning
Teresa and Ascanio pray for Cellini's salvation. To their great joy he is alive and well, and suggests that Teresa flee without delay. The couple, so much in love, are barred by Balducci and Fieramosca who has been released. The father damands that Teresa marries Fieranosca. Cellini threatens to kill his rival. The quarrel is interrupted by the arrival of the Pope, who has come to see Perseus. Seeing that the sculpture is not ready, he declares that he will give the commission to another sculptor. Cellini despairs, and the Pope gives him a deadline together with an ultimatum: if the statue is completed by evening the sculptor will be pardoned of all his sins and he may marry Teresa. If not, he will be executed.

Scene 2. Evening the same day
Ascanio impatiently awaits his master's new creation. But Cellini despairs: he is met on his way with innumerable obstacles. Fieramosca appears and calls him to a duel. Teresa tries to stop her beloved taking part in the duel, but Cellini assures her that there is no danger and he departs. His assistants enter the atelier. They are furious that they have not been paid for ages. But, when Fieramosca tries to bribe them and make them work for him, their respect for their master takes the upperhand over their displeasure. They are well-prepared to take care of the schemer when Cellini returns. Almost frightened to death, Fieramosca agrees to assist his former rival. The Pope and Balducci arrive. The statue begins to be cast. But during the casting process it transpires that there is not enough metal. Cellini is ready to dedicate everything including himself to create this masterpiece. At last Perseus is ready and all present praise the great craftsman.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Following a break of ten years, Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini is returning to the Mariinsky Theatre, staged by Vasily Barkhatov.
In reviving the ten-year-old production, the director is entering a dialogue with the "then" Barkhatov, agreeing with or arguing against himself. Audiences who saw the opera in 2007 or 2008 may find details altered, though the director's stage decisions remain as before: the plot of the opera is made as contemporary and up-to-date as possible. The Renaissance-era jeweller and sculptor Benventuo Cellini is made a scandalous figure of the present-day's glamorous "beau monde". The revived production retains a fundamental directing innovation from 2008: the opera also features the speaking role of the elderly Benvenuto Cellini performed by Sergei Shnurov.


Revival of the 2007 production

Age category 16+

Benvenuto Cellini
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27 October 2017, 19:00
31 October 2017, 19:00
11 November 2017, 19:00
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