The Secret Marriage in Divadlo na Orlí

22 March 2019, 1:00
The Secret Marriage in Divadlo na Orlí

The chamber opera The Secret Marriage (Il Matrimonio segreto) by Doménico Cimarosa has been produced by students of the Music and Theatre faculties of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in the Italian original. The premiere will take place in the Divadlo na Orlí theatre.

Students from several departments were involved in the overall realisation of this opera project: singing, directing, scenography, lighting design and musical production. Almost twenty participants in various combinations complete the chamber orchestra. “This is not a classical but rather a contemporary interpretation and production of the work. And so I also created a suitable instrumentation with a quintet of woodwind instruments, harpsichord and harp, which really was not typical for such works at the time of the writing of the opera,” stated the Italian conductor Damiano Binetti, under whose baton the work is being performed. Binetti rearranged the score for a chamber orchestra. Alongside the harpsichord and harp there is also for example the Baroque timpani.

The Secret Marriage will be performed in two premieres at the Divadlo na Orlí on 24 and 26 March always at 7 p.m.

The comic opera by Doménico Cimarosa in two acts was first performed on 7 February 1792 in Vienna. The Brno production of Kateřina Reichová is set in the present. The two-act opera buffa to a libretto by Giovanni Bertati is being performed in the original Italian and the two and a half hour performance will be accompanied by projected Czech titles. The directorial concept of Kateřina Reichová (a student in the 2nd year of the bachelor’s course in opera direction) is based on the uncovering of the secrets of the individual character. Figures from contemporary Italy are also shown on stage. The minimalist stage set (Tereza Jančová) is supplemented by progressive projection, which shows the surroundings to the action. The lighting design is by Zuzana Bottová.

Photo from archive of JAMU Chamber Opera



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