This evening, we invite you to a classical staging of a little known opera by Donizetti, La Favorite.
Inspired by the drama Les Amans malheureux ou Le Comte de Comminges by Baculard d'Arnaud, Donizetti's fourth opera in French is a mix between Italian belcanto and grand French opera. Donizetti demonstrates his mastery of French style to which he subtly adds an Italian touch.
A love triangle involving the King of Castile, Alfonso XI, his mistress 'La Favorite' Leonora, and her lover Fernando, the story unfolds against the background of the Moorish invasions of Spain and power struggles between church and state.
Sung in French
Subtitled in English, French and Italian. German subtitles soon available with possibility of auto-translation into 114 other languages