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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 listings for Palestrina

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


[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.
29 Jan 01 to 8 Feb 01Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L1883594223


The Spectator called this the greatest opera that has never been professionally staged in England. celbrates 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Covent Garden Opera Company. Supported (1997) by the Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, The Drogheda Circle and The Friends of Covent Garden.Company Royal Opera. Director Nicholas Lehnhoff. Design Tobias Hoheisel. Costume Bettina Walter. Lighting Mark Henderson.
28 Jan 97 to 19 Feb 97Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L0312050164

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