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VenueRoyal Opera House
Other spaces: Linbury Studio, Ballet Studio, Clore Studio,Floral Hall
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From29th January 2001
To8th February 2001
WhenJan 29, Feb 1,3,6,8 at 18:00
What is currently on at Royal Opera House (V377)


Written in 1917 this is an extended hymn to the sacred power of music to salvage and redeem a declining culture. The Pope has banned all but the plainest music, the composer Palestrina has stopped composing, mourning the death of his wife. Can Cardinal Borromeo convince him to convince the Pope of the power of music?
Author Hans Pfitzner

Archive :: production:T525745412, opera or operetta:S2047, venue:V377

Production details

Hans Pfitzner's epic work Palestrina received its British premiere at Covent Garden in 1997 in a remarkable production by the German team of director Nikolaus Lehnhoff, and designers Tobias Hoheisel (sets) and Bettina Walter (costumes). Supported (1997) by the Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, The Drogheda Circle and The Friends of Covent Garden. Sung in German with English surtitles. Running time 4 hours 30 minutes.


Company Royal Opera
Performer Hubert Delamboye (Bernardo Novagerio)
Performer Detlef Roth (Count Luna)
Performer Christiane Oelze (Ighino)
Performer Eike Wilm Schulte (Bishop Ercole Severolus)
Performer Wicus Slabbert (Cardinal of Lorraine)
Performer Kurt Moll (Pope Pius IV)
Performer Alan Titus (Giovanni Morone)
Performer Thomas Allen (Giovanni Morone - Feb 8)
Performer Kurt Rydl (Cardinal Christoph Madruscht)
Performer Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Abdisu)
Performer Gwynne Howell (Anton Brus von Muglitz)
Performer Graham Clark (Bishop Clark)
Performer Alasdair Elliott (Theophilus of Imola)
Performer Timothy Robinson (Dandini of Grosseto)
Performer Peter Wedd (Bishop of Fiesole)
Performer Graeme Broadbent (Bishop of Feltre)
Performer Roderick Earle (Avosmediano)
Performer Philip Langridge (Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina)
Performer Sophie Koch (Silla)
Performer Jane Irwin (Lucretia)
Performer Alasdair Elliott
Performer Timothy Robinson
Performer Peter Auty
Performer Quentin Hayes
Performer Roderick Earle
Performer Michael Druiett
Performer Geoffrey Moses
Performer Jeremy White
Performer Graeme Broadbent
Performer Jeni Bern
Performer Christian Oelze
Performer Jenny Grahn

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