At the Costanzi, where it was only presented in 1984 with the Ballet National de Marseille, it now returns to the original staging of the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opéra de Paris, with costumes created by Yves Saint Laurent, the sober but monumental scenes by René Allio, and the lights of Jean-Michel Désiré
An overwhelming show, intense and fascinating dance punctuated by the music of Maurice Jarre, beautiful costumes and sets and highly suggestive lights. The Notre-Dame de Paris by the brilliant French choreographer Roland Petit, proposed yesterday by the Opera di Roma as the first appointment of the pre-opening of the 2020-2021 season, won great applause at the Costanzi Theater.
The audience rewarded the entire cast, from the special guest Bakhtiyar Adamzhan, Principal Dancer of the Astana Opera, in the role of Quasimodo, to Susanna Salvi, prima ballerina of the Rome Opera and true star of the scene in the passionate interpretation of Esmeralda, Simone Agrò who played Phoebus, Walter Maimone in the role of Frollo, and the entire ballet company directed by Eleonora Abbagnato. The revival of the ballet in two acts inspired by the novel by Victor Hugo in the version of Petit – who interpreted it in 1965 at his debut in France – is due to Luigi Bonino, artistic director of the great choreographer’s repertoire.
At the Costanzi, where it was only presented in 1984 with the Ballet National de Marseille, it now returns to the original staging of the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opéra de Paris, with costumes created by Yves Saint Laurent, the sober but monumental scenes by René Allio, and the lights of Jean-Michel Désiré. Jarre’s music, on a recorded basis, was performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma directed by Kevin Rhodes, in the concert broadcast live on Rai Radio3 on March 17, 2021, during the closure to the public.
Bakhtiyar Adamzhan, who will play the role of Quasimodo also on 15 and 16 September, will alternate with the soloist of the Capitoline company Michele Satriano (on 17, 18 and 19). Agrò (14 and 15), Andrea D’Ottavio (16) and Giacomo Castellana (17, 18, 19) will perform in the role of Phoebus; Frollo after Maimone (15 and 16) will be played by Claudio Cocino (17, 19) and Alessio Rezza (18). The Corps de Ballet will be engaged again from 17 to 24 October in Giovanna d’Arco, the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, the second title of the season’s pre-opening, in the new staging under the direction of Daniele Gatti and the imaginative scenic vision of Davide Livermore. (by Luciano Fioramonti for Ansa)