Following 2011’s sell-out The Damnation of Faust, director Terry Gilliam and ENO Music Director Edward Gardner reunite to forge this remarkable new production of Berlioz’s rarely-performed Benvenuto Cellini.
Gilliam’s inexhaustible imagination is unleashed on the outrageous autobiography of celebrated 16-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. It’s a tale of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise, and mistaken identity, which also features dazzling visual set pieces including a wild Mardi Gras carnival.
Two entwined plots – Cellini's love for Teresa and his triumphant fulfilment of a commission to cast a bronze statue of Perseus – provide the framework for some of Berlioz's most vibrant, swashbuckling and tender music, thrillingly conducted by Edward Gardner. The stellar cast is led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters (who performed Violetta in last year’s acclaimed La traviata) as Cellini’s lover, Teresa. ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles.
A co-production with De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam
New production supported by the Peter Moores Foundation’s Swansong Project 2013–2015, American Friends of ENO and a syndicate of individual donors
Sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 2hrs 56mins (including 1 interval)
Pre Performance Talk: Sat 7 Jun with Philippa Glanville historian and specialist in decorative arts, plus Leah Hausman Assistant Director/Choreographer.
For performances of Benvenuto Cellini on 14 and 17 June, please note that there will be cameras filming in the auditorium as part of ENO Screen.
Benvenuto Cellini cast and creative team
Director & co-set designer
Co-director & Movement director
Original set design concept Rae Smith
Co-set designer Aaron Marsden
Costume designer Katrina Lindsay
Lighting designer Paule Constable
Video designer Finn Ross
Translator Charles Hart
Benvenuto Cellini Michael Spyres
Teresa Corinne Winters
Balducci Pavlo Hunka
Fieramosca Nicholas Pallesen
Pope Clement VII Willard White
Ascanio Paula Murrihy
Francesco Nicky Spence
Bernardino David Soar
Pompeo Morgan Pearse
Benvenuto Cellini will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and Ireland and selected cinemas worldwide on 17th June 2014 as part of ENO Screen.
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