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L'Isola Disabitata


Fri 12 Apr 2013, 7:30pm
Sun 14 Apr 2013, 3:00pm
Thu 18 Apr 2013, 7:30pm
Sat 20 Apr 2013, 7:30pm

Where: Theatre Royal - Hobart, 29 Campbell Street, Battery Point, Tasmania

Restrictions: All Ages

“Haydn's operas have often been found wanting, both in formal control and psychological insight, but L'Isola Disabitata – first performed in 1779 – is a gem.” - The Guardian, London

Rapturously received by critics and public alike when it premiered in the Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden with singers from the Royal Opera House’s Jetta Parker Young Artists program, this striking production of Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata has been re-created exclusively to inaugurate Hobart Baroque.

The story is simple. Two sisters, the introspective Costanza and the innocent Silvia, are marooned on a desert island. Costanza’s husband Gernando and his friend Enrico arrive at the island in search of the two women. Bitter recriminations ensue but eventually the full story of Gernando’s abduction by pirates unfolds and he is united with his wife while his friend takes Silvia’s hand and all ends happily. The opera marked a new phase in Haydn’s writing for the stage and features a celebrated sturm und drang overture and the composer eschewed the usual virtuosic displays of vocal technique in favour of progressing the action through dramatic recitative and a series of ravishing arias.

All four soloists have appeared on stage at the Royal Opera House and all are on the cusp of international careers.