I due Foscari - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2014) - I due Foscari - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2014)

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I due Foscari, Verdi's sixth opera, is one of his darkest and saddest. At its heart is a father's realization that there is nothing he can do to protect his family against the world's cruelties. The 31-year-old composer may well have drawn on his own devastating experience of losing his wife and two infant children a few years earlier. But despite the opera's sombre soul, the music for I due Foscari contains exhilarating forerunners of Verdi's later style – particularly in the fiercely virtuosic writing for the heroine Lucrezia and her magnificent duets with the Doge in Act I and with her doomed husband in Act II.

American director Thaddeus Strassberger, making his Royal Opera debut, depicts a Venice that is rotten to its core. Mattie Ullrich's opulent costume designs reference the opera’s 15th-century setting while suggesting the corruption lurking beneath. The spare sets of award-winning British designer Kevin Knight illustrate the Foscaris' isolation and the decay of the city, before flaring out into grand guignol for the opera's brilliant Act III carnival.

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April 23, 2014 19:30:00

October 14, 2014 19:30:00

October 17, 2014 19:30:00

October 20, 2014 19:30:00

October 27, 2014 19:30:00

October 30, 2014 19:30:00

November 02, 2014 15:00:00


Thaddeus Strassberger

Antonio Pappano

Plácido Domingo

Francesco Meli

Maria Agresta

Maurizio Muraro

Samuel Sakker

Rachel Kelly

Work's characters list



Francesco Foscari

Jacopo Foscari

Lucrezia Foscari Contarini

Jacopo Loredano