Random Opera Company Sets World Premiere Date & Conductor for ‘Elena e Gerardo’

By David Salazar

Random Opera Company has announced that the world premiere of “Elena e Gerardo” is set to take place on Oct. 28, 2023 at the Temple Speech Room in Rugby.

The 200-year-old opera by Marianna Bottini will be conducted by Thomas Payne who is an alumnus of the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists programme. He has worked with such companies as the Royal Opera House and Grange Park Opera as Off-Stage and Assistant Conductor on a number of productions.

Additionally, the company revealed that Ian Schofield would be joining the team as the editor of the score. There will also be academic support from Professor Alessandra Fiori of the Instituto Boccherini in Lucca and Professor Roger Parker of Kings College in London.

This news follows a recent announcement from the company that it had been awarded 15,000 pounds by the Arts Council England for this production.

The 1822 work was composed by Marianna Bottini. Bottini was married in 1823 and stopped composing music thereafter. As such, the work was never performed. It will be directed by Richard Tegid Jones, who discovered the score in the archives at the Institute Boccherini in Lucca, Italy.