Federico is pining for love of a woman from Arles, and is tormented by rumours that she has a lover. When he finally marries his village sweetheart, Vivetta, the mystery woman still exerts power over him....
First performed in Milan in 1897, L’Arlesiana established the career of the great tenor Enrico Caruso. In this new production for Opera Holland Park, Samuel Sakker gets Caruso's famous arias. Fflur Wyn plays Vivetta, and other roles are taken by Yvonne Howard, James Cleverton and Keel Watson.
Dane Lam conducts the City of London Sinfonia and Opera Holland Park Chorus. Oliver Platt directs and design is by Alyson Cummins.
Listen out for Federico's aria 'È la solita storia del pastore' and his mother Rosa Mamai's heartfelt 'Esser madre è un inferno' – 'motherhood is hell'!
'L'Arlesiana' is sung in Italian with English surtitles. Public booking opens at 10AM on Wed 27 Feb. In a pre-performance talk at 5:45PM on Thurs 25 July, Dr Alexandra Wilson talks to Anna Picard about Cilea and his Italian contemporaries, the mould-breaking 'giovane scuola'
|What||L'Arlesiana, Opera Holland Park|
|Where||Opera Holland Park, Stable Yard, Holland Park, London , W8 6LU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||High Street Kensington (underground)|
20 Jul 19 – 02 Aug 19, five performances
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|