Opera

Hadrian

Rufus Wainwright

27 Jul, 22

Conductor: Scott Dunn Stage Director: Jorn Weisbrodt Titular Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real

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The emperor Hadrian is devastated by the death of his young lover Antinous who drowned in strange circumstances in the Nile River. The affairs of state interfere with his grieving and his ministers clamour for war. However Hadrian manages to escape from the present, is reunited with Antinous, and discovers the truth about his death. At the end of his life the old emperor realizes that his only legacy is having loved.  Hadrian, the second incursion into opera by the Canadian – American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, is part of an illustrious series of operatic titles –Pergolesi, Caldara or Johann Christian Bach, among others – where this Roman emperor is the protagonist. It premiered in Toronto in 2018 with baritone Thomas Hampson in the lead role that was tailored for him, and which he will repeat in our theatre. Using a musical palette which the composer defines as “ darker and more powerful” than his first opera –Prima donna–, and supported by  the  high impact images of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Hadrian flows in a never ending journey between the fragile solace  of  memories  and the  indisputable reality of loss. 


Opera in four acts

Music by Rufus Wainwright (1973)

Libretto by Daniel Mcivor

With the special collaboration of Mapplethorpe Foundation

Premiered in the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto October 13th, 2018

Premiere in the Teatro Real

Opera in concert version semiscenefied versión de concierto semi-staged

 


ARTISTIC TEAM

Musical director I Scott Dunn

Images I Robert Mapplethorpe

Stage director I Jorn Weisbrodt

Lighting Design | John Torres

Projection Design | Michael Worthington       

Projection Design Assistant | Cory Siefker                    

Projection Programmer | James Pomichter 

Choir director I Andrés Máspero

Titular Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)


CAST

HADRIAN | Thomas Hampson

PLOTINA | Ainhoa Arteta

ANTINOUS | Xabier Anduaga

TURBO | Rubén Amoretti

SABINA | Vanessa Goikoetxea

TRAJAN | Alejandro del Cerro

FABIUS | Vicenç Esteve

HERMOGENES | Gregory Dahl

PRIMER SENADOR | Pablo García-López

SEGUNDO SENADOR | Josep-Ramón Olivé

TERCER SENADOR | David Lagares

LAVIA | Berna Perles

DINARCHUS | Albert Casals


Donors:

Ann Ziff
Melony and Adam Lewis
SHS Foundation
Anonymous Donor 

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2021

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