Il viaggio a Reims
3, 6, 10 marzo 2020 · 20.00 h
Libreto de Luigi Balocchi
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, in co-production with Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen and Opera Australia
La Marchesa Melibea
La Contessa di Folleville
Il Cavaliere Belfiore
Il Conte di Libenskof
Il Barone di Trombonok
Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
Francesc Perales, chorus master
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
The action takes place at the “Golden Lily” spa in the French town of Plombières-les-Bains. It is May, 1825. Madame Cortese, the owner of the spa, is concerned about the attention that guests will receive when they spend the night there on their way to Reims’ to witness the coronation of Charles X. The future of her business, which has seen better times, depends on customer satisfaction.
The Countess of Folleville appears, restless at the delay of the coach that is supposed to bring her to Reims. When she finds out that it has suffered an accident, she faints. Upon recovering, she regrets the loss of her wardrobe, although she is relieved to see her maid with a hat box that they have been able to recover from the disaster.
The travelers gather to wait for fresh horses so that they continue their journey; among them are the Spanish gentleman Don Álvaro and the Russian count Liebenskof, who are rivals for the love of the Polish Marquise Melibea. Other travelers include Don Profondo, an Italian antiques dealer, and the German baron Trombonok, who observes the wooing lovers with amusement. Just as things seem to be getting out of hand among the group of travelers, a harp is heard offstage and the voice of the Roman poet Corinna intones an ode to fraternal love that returns serenity to those present. The stage empties.
Lord Sidney, an English gentleman, appears, lamenting his unrequited love for Corinna. Don Profondo interrogates him about some antiques and the Englishman leaves just before the poet and her friend Delia appear. When Corinna is alone, the French gentleman Belfiore arrives and declares his love, but she rejects him. Don Profondo, who has witnessed the scene, laughs when he imagines the Countess’ reaction if she knew of Belfiore’s infidelity. He then sings an amusing monologue describing the travelers and their nations based on the contents of each of their bags.
The impatient guests reappear only to be stunned by the news that it has been impossible to hire fresh horses; the trip ends at this stop. Madame Cortese provides the solution with a letter announcing great celebrations in Paris after the coronation in Reims. Countess Folleville invites everyone to her house in Paris, where they will be able to go on the next day’s coach. To liven up the wait, they decide to organize a banquet with the money they had planned to spend in Reims. Once the travelers leave to organize the banquet, Trombonok reconciles Melibea with Liebenskof.
In the garden, the banquet is prepared. Trombonok has even managed to gather together an orchestra for the occasion. The dinner, enlivened with songs sung by the diners, ends with an improvised poem by Corinna dedicated to the coronation of Charles X, to which everyone present responds with cheers to France.
Preestrena fins a 28
Ramon Gener Lecture
Berklee a Les Arts
Les Arts a la Filmoteca
Matins a Les Arts
27 February 2020, Sala Principal
20 February 2020, Auditori
26 February 2020, Aula Magistral
28 February 2020. Un viaje de lo clásico a lo contemporáneo, Aula Magistral.
1, 7 March 2020. Novio a la vista, Luis García Berlanga
Novio a la vista, Luis García Berlanga. On the occasion of Il viaggio a Reims
28 February & 1 March 2020
Marató Rossini, Palau de les Arts