Giovanna d’Arco



With more than 50 years of experience as film director, Peter Greenaway (Nightwatching, Eisenstein in Guanajuato) combines the worlds of film and opera with Giovanna d’Arco at the Verdi Festival in Parma. The opera’s libretto is based on Friedrich Schiller’s The Maid of Orleans. It tells the story of the French national hero Jeanne d’Arc. Earthly passion and supernatural purity are rendered vivid in the musical interpretation of the Virtuosi Italiani and the Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, conducted by Ramón Tebar, and by three exceptional singers, Vittoria Yeo, Luciano Ganci and Vittorio Vitelli, “who have the Verdian idiom in their blood, performing veritable miracles of expressive singing and italianità” (Kieler Nachrichten). Turning the auditorium into the scene, Greenaway includes the unique architecture of the Teatro Farnese, one of Italy’s oldest and most exceptional theatre gems, into his staging. By the help of spectacular video and light installations, he creates a completely new opera experience, using a picture language that reaches from depictions of the Madonna to modern manga girls and the real faces of refugee children.

Additional Info

  • No: A00050042
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor: Ramón Tebar
  • Orchestra: I Virtuosi Italiani; Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma
  • Artists: Luciano Ganci, Vittorio Vitelli, Vittoria Yeo, Gabriele Mangione, Luciano Leoni
  • Production year: 2016
  • Run time: 02:08:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Peter Greenaway & Saskia Boddeke
  • Producers: Fondazione Teatro Regio di Parma, Luperpedia Foundation and Unitel in collaboration with Metisfilm Classica
  • Format: 4K
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