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2021

May

Thu
13 May 2021
Sat
15 May 2021
Tue
18 May 2021
Sat
22 May 2021
Venue

State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Langage

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Running time

approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, including one interval

Production partner

Duty! Youth! Honour! Beauty!

Ernani is an outlaw, ready to fight for his honour and die for his ideals. But our hero is caught in a love quadrangle. Can he win the hand of the beautiful Elvira, who is already promised to her elderly uncle de Silva and coveted by the King of Spain?

This opera has intrigue, disguise, betrayal and adventure, like all the best medieval tales. Love can triumph over almost anything, but in this story with a surprising ending, honour has the final say.

Ernani was Verdi’s fifth opera. Seventy years after its premiere, it became the first complete opera ever recorded. That’s testament to the rousing music. You’ll hear all the composer’s trademark colours on display: passionate choruses, emotional arias and flawless ensemble writing.

In this co-production with La Scala, director Sven-Eric Bechtolf embraces the melodrama of the story and creates a play within a play. It’s an excuse for lavish period costumes, masks and headdresses.

Verdi specialist Renato Palumbo conducts the stunning score. We’ve assembled an exciting cast, led by Diego Torre as the brave Ernani and Natalie Aroyan as Elvira. Baritone Vladimir Stoyanov sings the role of the King of Spain, with Alexander Vinogradov as Elvira’s Uncle.

Co-production by Teatro alla Scala and Opera Australia.

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director
Rehearsal Director
Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Video Designer
Ernani
Don Carlo, King of Spain
Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Elvira
Giovanna
Don Riccardo
Jago

Opera Australia Chorus & Orchestra Victoria

Page to Stage: Ernani

See the spectacular designs for Verdi's masterpiece come to life.

Costume designer Kevin Pollard and scenic designer Julian Crouch pull out all the stops in our epic co-production with La Scala.

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A performance of Ernani at La Scala Opera House in Milan

Cheat Sheet: Ernani

Everything you need to know about this medieval melodrama.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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The Story

Elvira is young, beautiful, and promised to her elderly uncle Silva in marriage. But she is in love with the brave outlaw, Ernani. They plan to elope. To complicate matters, the King of Spain, Don Carlo, is also in love with Elvira. Oh, and Ernani is plotting to kill the King, whose father killed his father.

Ernani arrives at the castle in disguise, fleeing from the King, who has discovered his plot…

In a world where a man would rather die than lose his honour, can anyone find their happily ever after?

Duty! Youth! Honour! Beauty!

Not afraid of spoilers? Read the full synopsis


Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Ernani at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

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COVID Safety at Arts Centre Melbourne

The Arts Centre Melbourne COVIDSafe & Wellbeing Plan outlines the COVID-19 safety precautions in place on site.

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