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Beatrix Cenci

Beatrix Cenci / Alberto Ginastera

French creation

Opera in two acts
Libretto by William Shand and Alberto Girri after Stendhal's Les Chroniques italiennes and The Cenci by Percy Shelley
Premiered on 10 September 1971, at the Washington Opera.

In the early 1930s, Antonin Artaud fixated on just one grand idea - creating a tragedy which would express his "theatre of cruelty" in the most powerful way: Béatrice Cenci. The Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) wrote his own adaptation for his third opera premiered in Washington in 1971. The extraordinary title role immediately became one of the most moving in the repertoire of modern opera. In the frame of arsmondo Argentina, Stage Director Mariano Pensotti from Buenos Aires, one of the most exciting creators of his generation from South America, is making his début in the lyrical world, with Marko Letonja conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra for this French creation.
Since the late 16th century, the portrait of Beatrice painted by Guido Reni has obsessed poets and novelists. Pursued, martyrized and raped by her all-powerful father, she resolves on killing him. She will not be granted any extenuating circumstances by her judges and the Church.

Musical Director Marko Letonja
Stage Director Mariano Pensotti
Stage set and costumes Mariana Tirantte
Lighting Alejandro Le Roux

Beatrix Cenci Leticia de Altamirano
Lucrecia Cenci Ezgi Kutlu
Bernardo Cenci Josy Santos
Count Francesco Cenci Gezim Myshketa
Orsino Xavier Moreno
Giacomo Cenci Igor Mostovoi
Andrea Dionysos Idis

Chorus of the Opéra national du Rhin
Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg

In Spanish, overtitling in French and German


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Dates & places

Strasbourg - Opéra

  • Sun 17 March 15 h
  • Tue 19 March 20 h
  • Thu 21 March 20 h
  • Sat 23 March 20 h
  • Mon 25 March 20 h

Mulhouse - La Filature

  • Fri 5 April 20 h
  • Sun 7 April 15 h