Teatro Donizetti, ''L'ange de Nisida''

Bergamo (Italy)

Sketch by Angelo Sala for a scene from L'ange de Nisida.Donizetti completed the sheet music of the opera in 1839, but that was never presented to the public due to the failure of the people who commissioned it and its traces went lost.
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The thousands of pages on the ground are copies of Donizetti's handwritten score, that was found almost two centuries later at the Bibliothèque nationale de France by musicologist Candida Mantica.The opera was staged for the first time at the Royal Opera House of London in 2018.
The staging by Francesco Micheli and Angelo Sala took the opportunity of the renovation of the Teatro Gaetano Donizetti to overturn the classic layout of the teatro all'italiana, where the space traditionally reserved for representation is the stage.
Taking advantage of the absence of the theater seats, the stalls were used to carry out the action, while the audience that was supposed to occupy it was placed on a grandstand set up on the stage.
To complete the reworking of the theatrical spaces, the choir was arranged in the fourth order of boxes.
In front of the grandstand, Donizetti's bust symbolically attends the first Italian representation of the opera, staged by the theater of his hometown that since 2014 is working thanks to the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti.
The surface of the TST - Silviastar mirror dance floor with which the floor of the stalls was covered was treated to reduce its mirroring effect.
The reflections of the lights, in fact, could have been annoying for the public that surrounded the perimeter of the schenographic space observing it from above.
Opera semiseria in four acts
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
First night
London, Royal Opera House, 18/7/2018

Angelo Sala
Costume design
Margherita Baldoni
Light design
Alessandro Andreoli
Stage direction


Materials used in this production

RAR - Arizona

Rear-projection films

Rear-illuminated backdrops

Vinyl backdrops: typologies

TST - Silviastar

Dance floors