Thursday, 14 September 2017

Theater Basel | Lucio Silla

The first premiere this year is Mozarts opera Lucio Silla, written by him at the age of only 16 years old. The story is about the dictator Silla who is obsessed with Giunia, the daughter of his murdered opponent. Giunia feels nothing but hate and disgust for him, not only because he has murdered her father, but also because he has damned her fiancé Cecilio to exile.
Together with Cinna, Cecilios friend, they plan to murder Sillo and end his dictatorship to free the people of Rome and make it possible for Giunia and Cecilio to finally be together.
The music was absolutely wonderful and was captivating from the first minute, the orchestra was fantastic and the singers brilliant.
Not only the solo singers were amazing but also the choir was very powerful and had an incredibly strong presence on stage.
Lucio Silla is a story about love, hate, tyranny and power and the involvements between the different characters keep the story exciting until the last scene.

musical direction: Erik Nielsen
production: Hans Neuenfels
stage: Herbert Murauer
costume: Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
light: Stephan Bolliger
choir: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Henry Arnold

Jussi Myllys as LUCIO SILLA, DICTATOR
Hila Fahima as GIUNIA, CECILIOS FIANCÉ
Kristina Stanek as CECILIO, BANNED SENATOR
Hailey Clark as LUCIO CINNA, CECILIO's FRIEND
Sarah Brady as CELIA, SILLA's SISTER
Matthew Swensen as AUFIDIO
Mirjam Karvat, Mukdanin Daniel Phongpachith as THE TWO MASKED

choir of the Theater Basel
symphony orchestra Theater Basel

©picture: Sandra Then

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