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La Gabbia (La Jaula)

(2004)

In the castle’s cellar there is a deserted room, where the count’s father used to torture unfaithful servants. After dinner, in compliance with her curiosity, the count brings his wife in the torture’s room…
Because of his cold behaviour the superintendent is suspected of being the devil: for vanity the countess tries to attract his attention. When finally she gives in to his now burning desire, she asks him in exchange eternal life, keeping her beauty forever. The count has seen everything.
In the castle’s cellar there is a deserted room, where the count’s father used to torture unfaithful servants. After dinner, in compliance with her curiosity, the count brings his wife in the torture’s room and forces her into a small cage with the intention to leave her there overnight.
Just the same night the castle was attacked and destroyed, the count murdered by his enemies.
The opera ends in the dreadful doubt whether the countess dies in the cage or the superintendent is really the devil, and then she will stay in the cage for all eternity.
Tiziano Manca

 

DATASHEET
  • La Gabbia (The cage)
    Opera in one act

  • Music
    Tiziano Manca

  • Libretto
    Alejandro Tantanian
    (Translated to Italian and adapted by the composer)

     

    with
    Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart:

    The Countess
    Stephanie Field, mezzosoprano

  • The Count
    Martin Nagy¸ tenor

  • The Superintendent
    Daniel Gloger, countertenor

  • His double
    Andreas Fischer, bass

    NewEars.ensemble:
    Dirk Altmann, clarinet
    Nicola Miorada, clarinet / bass clarinet
    Boris Müller, percussion
    Simona Riniker, violin
    Paul Pesthy, viola
    Eric Borgir, cello
    Florian Hölscher, piano

  • Set, costumes and lights
    Oria Puppo

  • Stage direction
    Alejandro Tantanian

  • La Gabbia is a coproduction between Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Musik der Jahrhunderte, Stuttgart; Lille 2004 – European Cultural Capital and Opera de Lille.

    Running time: 45 minutes.

  • World premiere: March 30th, 2004, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

    Further presentations:
    April 2004: Opera de Lille, France

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Photos: Ernesto Donegana