Festival della Valle d’Itria | Il borghese gentiluomo di Richard Strauss

Data / Ora
Date(s) - 14/07/2020
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Palazzo Ducale Martina Franca

Data / Time
Date(s) – 14/07/2020
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Palazzo Ducale Martina Franca

The show is available for free for streaming and on-demand for 48 hours, upon registration, on www.italiafestival.tv

From the homonymous comedy by Molière and to the tune of Strauss, the bourgeois Monsieur Jourdain’s dream of becoming a nobleman, among mean people without true qualities.

14/07/2020 h 9 pm

Festival della Valle d’Itria
Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca

Opening Opera
Le bourgeois gentilhomme
based on the homonymous comedy by Molière
music by Richard Strauss

Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari
Michele Spotti conductor
Davide Gasparro mise en espace
Fabrizio Di Franco stage movement
Stefano Massini Monsieur Jourdain (narrator)
Vitttorio Prato Monsieur Jourdain (vocal soloist)
In collaboration with Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto

Le bourgeois gentilhomme is the outcome of Richard Strauss’ collaboration with poet and playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, as for Ariadne on Naxos, the other title proposed in this reorganization of the 46th edition of the Festival della Valle d’Itria

In 1912, both the plays debuted at the Court Theatre in Stuttgart, directed by Max Reinhardt and conducted by Strauss. They were presented as a unitary project, with the original combination of the subject taken from the comédie-ballet Le bourgeois gentilhomme – with words by Molière and music by Jean-Baptiste Lully – and the myth of Ariadne, far apart themes on a temporal level which made it possible for the two authors to create the successful connections which brought about Der Rosenkavalier.

The audience’s reaction towards this work was tepid. the two pieces were separated and revised, thus creating two new successful works: Der Bürger als Edelmann was turned into an orchestra suite (op. 60, 1919).

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Michele Spotti


Stefano Massini