Betrothal in a Monastery


At the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Dmitri Tcherniakov stages Prokofiev’s lyrical comic opera Betrothal in a Monastery under Daniel Barenboim’s baton. Though composed in wartime Soviet Russia, the plot is a non political classic comedy of errors based on Richard Sheridan’s 18th-century play The Duenna about two young couples who want to come together and an old man who wants to prevent this – and all kinds of confusion and misunderstandings. Russian director Tcherniakov recasts the complete opera as therapeutic role play for “Opera-Addict Anonymus”. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin and “the uniformly excellent cast” (Financial Times). Aida Garifullina “who did not have to shy away from the musical comparison with the young Anna Netrebko” impresses with her “highly attractive, slightly darkened timbre”, Bogdan Volkov is “an ideal Don Antonio, an elegantly phrasing Iyric tenor” and Stephan Rügamer shines with his “characteristic tenor voice” (Opernglas). “Musically this performance is a celebration in every sense” applauds BR Klassik.

Additional Info

  • No: A05050684
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin; Staatsopernchor Berlin
  • Artists: Stephan Rügamer, Andrei Zhilikhovsky, Aida Garifullina, Violeta Urmana, Bogdan Volkov
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 02:48:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Dmitri Tcherniakov
  • Producers: Bel Air Media, Mezzo, Staatsoper unter den Linden and UNITEL
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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