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La Donna del Lago

The Lady of the Lake
Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
Sung in Italian, with German surtitles
Opera in two acts
Libretto: Leone Andrea Tottola,
based on the narrative poem "The Lady of the Lake" (1810) by Sir Walter Scott
First performance: 1819 in Naples
Acoproduction Opéra de Lausanne and Croatian National Theatre Zagreb.

Trailer © ARTE Concert / Opéra de Lausanne
La donna del lago – Behind the scenes
Photo: Opéra de Lausanne, Alan Humerose
Photo: Opéra de Lausanne, Alan Humerose
Photo: Opéra de Lausanne, Alan Humerose
Photo: Alan Humerose, Opéra de Lausanne, avril 2018
Photo: Max Emanuel Cencic

The historical novels of Sir Walter Scott were the most widely read books during the heyday of Romanticism.

Max Emanuel Cencic, one of the leading counter-tenors of our time, takes on a double-role in "La Donna del Lago", both directing and starring in the role of Malcolm Groeme, the melodramatic lover. In Cencic's opulent production, Elena, immersed in a novel, dreams of a life beyond the armchair of her upper middle-class salon life and transmits herself into a monumental, gilt-framed painting filled with naturalism, eroticism, love and emotional conflict. In addition to Cencic as Malcolm, Nian Wang takes on the demanding title role, while Daniel Behle sings the multi-faceted King James V, before his David in "Meistersinger" on 30 May. The orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb is conducted by Grammy-nominated Echo Klassik prize-winner George Petrou.


Conductor George Petrou
Director Max Emanuel Cencic
Stage & Constume Designer Bruno de Lavenère
Lighting Designer David Debrinay
Video Étienne Guiol
Musical Assistant Darijan Ivezić
Assistant Director Constantina Psoma
Chorus Master Luka Vukšić
Elena Nian Wang
Malcolm Groeme Max Emanuel Cencic
Giacomo V (Uberto) Daniel Behle
Rodrigo di Dhu Antonio Garés
Duglas d’Angus Neven Paleček
Albina Sonja Runje
Serano Ivo Gamulin
Bertram Nikša Radovanović
Orchester & Chor des Kroatischen Nationaltheaters Zagreb