Pietro il Grande, Kzar delle Russie

Photo © Gianfranco Rota

Gaetano Donizetti, Pietro il Grande, Kzar delle Russie o Il falegname di Livonia

★★★☆☆

Bergamo, Teatro Sociale, 15 November 2019

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Young Donizetti pays his debt to Rossini

Unlike regular opera seasons, opera festivals have the task of finding and highlighting little-known works. Bergamo’s Donizetti Opera Festival satisfies this purpose perfectly, wisely delving into the boundless production of works by its illustrious fellow citizen.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Donizetti’s second opera, Pietro il Grande, czar delle Russie o Il falegname di Livonia (Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia or The Livonian Carpenter) that first saw the light in Venice in 1819. Gherardo Bevilacqua Aldobrandini’s libretto is taken from Alexandre Duval’s Le Menuisier de Livonie, ou Les illustres voyageurs (Paris, 1805)…

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