ROH: Les Vêpres Siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Hélène, Erwin Schrott as Jean Procida and Bryan Hymel as Henri in The Royal Opera production of Les Vêpres Siciliennes (2013) to music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) directed by Stefan Herheim with set designs by Philipp Fürhofer and costume designs by Gesine Voellm, first performed at the Royal Opera House in October 2013.
Music by Verdi ; 
Lianna Haroutounian (as Helene) ,  Erwin Schrott (as Jean Procida) and Bryan Hymel (as Henri) ; 
The Royal Opera, London, UK ; 
14 October 2013  ; 
Credit: Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL


This staging of Verdi’s rarely-performed opera Les Vêpres siciliennes – directed by Stefan herheim and conducted by The royal opera’s Music director, Verdi specialist Sir Antonio Pappano – went on to win the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production. The Sunday Times hailed it “the best the Verdi year in Britain has to offer”, praising the standout event of the Verdi bicentenary celebrations. The story follows the ‘Sicilian Vespers‘ which is the name given to the successful rebellion on the island of Sicily that broke out on the easter of 1282 against the rule of the French-born king Charles I. Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance. Stefan Herheim brings Verdi’s tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism to Covent Garden for the first time. His imaginative production draws parallels between the opera and the opera house for which it was written, including a spectacular re-creation of the Paris Opéra itself. The music delights likewise: “Antonio Pappano does a magnificent job in sustaining the spans of each act, seizing on every chance to bring the score to life; the choruses especially have a blazing immediacy. […] Both Michael Volle as Montfort, the French governor and Bryan Hymel as Henri, the son that Montfort fathered when he raped a local woman, are tirelessly superb – Volle’s brooding aria at the beginning of the Third Act is the highlight of the whole evening.” (The Guardian).

Additional Info

  • No: A02050053
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Orchestra: Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
  • Artists: Michael Volle (Montfort), Bryan Hymel (Henri), Erwin Schrott (Procida), Lianna Haroutounian (Hélène)
  • Production year: 2013
  • Run time: 02:59:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Stefan Herheim
  • Producers: Royal Opera House
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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