LOCATION: Theatre La Fenice
The Lyric Season 2014/2015 of the Theatre la Fenice in Venice opens with a double opera on the 22nd of November 2014, with the staging of two major Venetian masterpieces of Verdi, Simon Boccanegra and La Traviata. The schedule of performances will continue with eight new arrangements, seven works of repertory and two guests ballets for a total 129 performances distributed throughout the year, including the opening of 22 November and the closing of October 31, 2015. OPERA In addition to Verdi's Simon Boccanegra directed by Chung with the oversight of De Rosa, the eight new arrangements will include: The Capuleti and The Montecchi of Vincenzo Bellini directed by Omer Meir Wellber with the oversight of Arnaud Bernard; the Signor Bruschino of Gioacchino Rossini with the direction of Bepi Morassi and scenes, costumes and lights of the School of scenography of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice (project Atelier of fenice at the Malibran Theatre); Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck directed by Guillaume Tourniaire, with oversight, scenes and costumes of Pier Luigi Pizzi; Norma by Vincenzo Bellini directed by Gaetano d'Espinosa with oversight, scenes and costumes of the Afro-American artist Kara Walker (special project of the 56. International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale); Juditha triumphans by Antonio Vivaldi directed by Alessandro de Marchi with the oversight of Elena Barbalich; a diptych formed from the Diary of One Who Disappeared by Leoš Janáček and Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc directed by Gianmaria Aliverta and respectively Claudio Marino Moretti at the piano and Francesco Lanzillotta at the direction; and Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart directed by Antonello Manacorda with the oversight of Damiano Michieletto. Besides Traviata, reclaimed throughout the course of the year as part of the project Expo Traviata with 37 performances directed by Diego Matheuz, by Omer Meir Wellber, Gaetano d'Espinosa, Francesco Ivan Ciampa and Riccardo Frizza, the seven works will include Elisir d'amore and Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti directed both by Omer Meir Wellber with the oversight respectively of Bepi Morassi and Italo Nunziata; Madama Butterfly and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini directed respectively by Jader Bignamini and Riccardo Frizza and directed the first by Àlex Rigola (sets and costumes by Mariko Mori) and the second by Serena Sinigaglia; La scala di seta and La cambiale di Matrimonio by Gioachino Rossini with both scenes, costumes and lighting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, the first directed by Bepi Morassi and the second directed by Enzo Dara and musical direction by Lorenzo Viotti. BALLET As for the two performances of ballet, the first will see the extraordinary return to Venice of the ballet in six movements Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler by John Neumeier, forty years after the Italian premiere took place in St. Mark's square, just ten days after the premiere of Hamburg in 1975, interpreted by the dancers of the Hamburg Ballet. The second will be the fourth edition of the International Dance Gala that from 2012 annually brings to Venice the best young talent graduated from the major international academies.