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Beatrix Cenci

(2016)

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.
Alejandro Tantanian

DATASHEET
  • Beatrix Cenci
    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

  • With
    Beatrix Cenci
    Mónica Ferracani
    Daniela Tabernig Second Cast

  • Count Francisco Cenci
    Victor Torres
    Leonardo Estevez Second Cast

  • Lucrezia
    Alejandra Malvino
    María Luján Mirabelli Segundo Elenco

  • Bernardo
    Florencia Machado
    Rocío Arbizu Second Cast

  • Orsino
    Gustavo López Manzitti
    Fernando Chalabe Second Cast

  • Andrea
    Mario De Salvo
    Emiliano Bulacios Second Cast

  • Giacomo
    Alejandro Spies

  • Three Guests
    Sebastián Sorarrain, Iván Maier, Victor Castells

  • Olimpio
    Luis Alejandro Escaño

  • Marzio
    Ernesto Donegana

  • Actors

    Child
    Dante Lombardi, Constantine Semka Boyko

  • Count’s Bodyguards
    Cristian Jensen, Pablo Pereyra, Matias Pisera

  • Security
    Bruno Améndola, Leonardo Giaimo

  • Masters of Ceremony
    Daniel Wendler, Marcela Arza, Francisco Andrade

  • The Other Beatrix
    Brenda Donadío

  • The Other Count
    Hermes Molaro

  • Orgy
    Masters
    Cristian Jensen, Pablo Pereyra, Matías Pisera
    Slave
    Esteban Recagno
    Cage
    Lucía Rivero Bonet, Camilo Polotto, Juan Miño
    Trio 1
    Ernesto Donegana, Lucas Lagomarsino, Sebastián García
    Trio 2
    Antonella Saldico, Milagros Michael, Marcelino Fernandez
    Trio 3
    Rodolfo Opazo, Alejandro Escaño, Bruno Améndola

  • Guests
    Dara Parpagnoli, Felipe Díaz, Malena Colombo, Nicolás Manservigi, Pablo Kopp, Esteban Pucheta

  • Cook
    Camilo Polotto

  • Butler
    Leonardo Giaimo

  • Dogs
    Marcelino Fernandez, Lucas Lagomarsino, Rodolfo Opazo, Bruno Amendola, Sebastián García

  • Hairdressers
    Felipe Díaz, Pablo Kopp

  • Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón
    Coro Estable del Teatro Colón dirigido por Miguel Martínez

  • Assistant to the Light Designer
    Facundo David

  • Assistant to the Set Designer
    Martina Nosetto

  • Assistant to the Costume Designer
    César Taibo

  • Assistant to the Stage Director
    Mariana Ciolfi

  • Video
    Maxi Vecco

  • Light Designer
    David Seldes

  • Set and Costume Designer
    Oria Puppo

  • Production
    Teatro Colón

  • Musical Direction
    Guillermo Scarabino

  • Stage Direction
    Alejandro Tantanian

  • 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.