La Monnaie to Present ‘Bastarda’ Featuring Donizetti’s Music

By Francisco Salazar

La Monnaie is set to present “Bastarda,” the story of Elizabeth 1, and the intriguing and extraordinary story of the queen and of the child she once was.

The piece is a reworking of the opera canon featuring musical moments from Gaetano Donizetti’s Tudor tetralogy (“Anna Bolena,” “Elisabetta al Castello di Kenilworth,” “Maria Stuarda” and “Roberto Devereux”).

Francesco Lanzillotta and Olivier Fredj lead the work which was conceived as an immersive experience and will transform the Théâtre de la Monnaie into the Tudor Court of the 16th century. It will also be a two-night evening, “Bastarda I-For better, for worse” and “Bastarda II- Till death do us part.”

The production is set to star  Myrtò Papatanasiu and Francesca Sassu in the lead of Elisabetta, Salome Jicia as Anna Bolena, Enea Scala as Leicester, Luca Tittoto as Enrico, Raffaella Lupinacci as  Giovanna Seymour & Sara, Valentina Mastrangelo as Amy Robsart, Lenneke Ruiten as Maria Stuarda, Sergey Romanovsky as Roberto Devereux, Bruno Taddia as Nottingham, and David Hansen as Smenton.

“Bastarda I” opens on March 21 and “Bastarda II” opens on March 23 with the opera set to be streamed via OperaVision at a later date.