Opera

FARNACE

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Duration: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes

Overview

Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Conducted by David Bates
Directed by Garry Hynes

US Premiere

Vivaldi—now best known for The Four Seasons—was most celebrated for his operas in his own time. In the 18th century, no other opera in Vivaldi’s robust catalogue received more performances than Farnace. Following defeat at the hands of the Romans, Farnace, King of Pontus, tries to avoid capture; the plot develops in a string of events involving disobedience, love across enemy lines, and a scheming mother-in-law. In an incisively theatrical production by Irish director Garry Hynes—whose entry into opera started with her “rapturous” (Opera) production of Kát’a Kabanová at the 2014 Festival—this work examines questions of great contemporary relevance: Will we allow duty or love to rule? What consequences will our sacrifices invite? Will our children benefit or suffer from our choices? Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role; his performances during the Festival’s 2016 chamber music series were met with great adoration: “He’s the complete package for an opera singer: dramatic conviction, a rich tone, agile coloratura backed by unobtrusive breath control, expressivity whether singing in full-voice or a near whisper” (The Charlotte Observer).

The Festival’s 2017 presentation of Waiting for Godot is also directed by Garry Hynes.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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