Beatrix Cenci is a work of a unique darkness - perceptible not only in the work carried out by Ginastera on the musical level but also in the way in which the literary sources - Stendhal, Shelley, Artaud - are knotted in the libretto by William Shand & Alberto Girri.
Apparently simple in its dramaturgical structure, the work - in successive listening - awakened in me a very powerful imaginary around certain personal obsessions: ghosts, the subjection to the past, the irrevocable passage of time, death, violence, sexuality.
The challenge was to translate these obsessions into images so that - working on the timeline proposed by the work - the descent into hell that is for me Beatrix Cenci can be shared with the audience.
The work has the grammar of nightmare. And in that way of reading I concentrated: we present a nightmare: decided by moments, erratic by others. The scenario as the projection of the dreams and obsessions of Count Cenci - which is, for me, the great strength of the work: the body of violence, the body that commits the abuse, the body of hybris.
Beatrix Cenci is a tale of ghosts and is also a pornographic story and a gothic novel - with its lavish and decadent settings and its sick characters behind an obsession that, of course, always hides (or exhibits) the forbidden: incest, for example - and it is also a work about the law (as usual): about the weight that words has over people, about the violence that words exerts over bodies - it is, then, a work about this country: not because of the obvious but for what it hides. And Beatrix Cenci is, also, a story that is shelled in front of the astonished eyes of a child.
Opera in two acts and fourteen scenes (1971)
Music by Alberto Ginastera
Libretto by William Shand and Alberto Girri based in “Italian Chronicles” by Stendhal and “Los Cenci” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Daniela Tabernig Second Cast
Count Francisco Cenci
Leonardo Estevez Second Cast
María Luján Mirabelli Segundo Elenco
Rocío Arbizu Second Cast
Gustavo López Manzitti
Fernando Chalabe Second Cast
Mario De Salvo
Emiliano Bulacios Second Cast
Sebastián Sorarrain, Iván Maier, Victor Castells
Luis Alejandro Escaño
Dante Lombardi, Constantine Semka Boyko
Cristian Jensen, Pablo Pereyra, Matias Pisera
Bruno Améndola, Leonardo Giaimo
Masters of Ceremony
Daniel Wendler, Marcela Arza, Francisco Andrade
The Other Beatrix
The Other Count
Cristian Jensen, Pablo Pereyra, Matías Pisera
Lucía Rivero Bonet, Camilo Polotto, Juan Miño
Ernesto Donegana, Lucas Lagomarsino, Sebastián García
Antonella Saldico, Milagros Michael, Marcelino Fernandez
Rodolfo Opazo, Alejandro Escaño, Bruno Améndola
Dara Parpagnoli, Felipe Díaz, Malena Colombo, Nicolás Manservigi, Pablo Kopp, Esteban Pucheta
Marcelino Fernandez, Lucas Lagomarsino, Rodolfo Opazo, Bruno Amendola, Sebastián García
Felipe Díaz, Pablo Kopp
Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón
Coro Estable del Teatro Colón dirigido por Miguel Martínez
Assistant to the Light Designer
Assistant to the Set Designer
Assistant to the Costume Designer
Assistant to the Stage Director
Set and Costume Designer
Running time: 80 minutes
Premiere: March 15th, 2016, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The celebrations for the centenary of the birth of Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) coincide with the opening of the lyrical season: Beatrix Cenci, third and last opera completed by the great Argentine composer.