Jean-Louis Grinda (stage director), Daniele Callegari (conductor) – With Ramon Vargas (Ernani), Ludovic Tézier (Don Carlo), Alexander Vinogradov (Don Ruy Gomez De Silva)...
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Jean-Louis Grinda — Stage director
Isabelle Partiot-Pieri — Stage sets
Teresa Acone — Costumes
Laurent Castaingt — Lighting
Ramon Vargas — Ernani
Ludovic Tézier — Don Carlo
Alexander Vinogradov — Don Ruy Gomez De Silva
Svetla Vassileva — Elvira
Maurizio Pace — Don Riccardo
Karine Ohanyan — Giovanna
Gabriele Ribis — Jago
Monte-Carlo Opera Chorus
Stefano Visconti — Chorus director
Daniele Callegari — Music director
Stage director Jean-Louis Grinda and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo present Verdi’s early smash hit opera Ernani. Ramon Vargas heads up an incredible cast in the heroic title role and maestro Daniele Callegari leads the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra in the sumptuous melodies of Verdi’s score.
Ernani marked a pivotal turning point in Verdi’s career. Only his fifth opera, it would be the first in an incredibly successful collaboration with librettist Francesco Maria Piave. It was also the first opera that Verdi was able to create entirely on his own terms: his previous successes had delivered him the authority to choose the theater, singers, subject, and libretto he wanted, and the subsequent triumph of Ernani would prove this freedom suited him! Given free reign, the young composer chose Victor Hugo’s 1830 drama Hernani, a work of unapologetic Romanticism that had already stolen the hearts of audiences across Europe. In setting Hugo’s play, Verdi and Piave stick closely to the original text. The plot turns around Elvira, a fragile heroine desired by three men—the tenor Ernani (the prototypical passionate lover), the baritone Carlo (King of Spain), and the bass Silva (the abusive uncle)—who ferociously battle for her hand...