The English National Opera Company has launched a truly international project -- the opera "Bomarzo" which has its British premiere this week.
GV EXTERIOR London Coliseum
SV Composer Ginastera and wife Aurora Natola studying score
SV Ginastera speaking in Spanish (Speech overlaid over shots of poster and rehearsals with producer Anthony Besch and soprano Katherine Pring; conductor Leon Lovett, Miss. Pring, and leading tenor Graham Clark discussing score on set)
SV Ginastera and wife walking across stage (MUTE)
SV Aurora Natola speaking and husband also making remarks
"Bomarzo" - written by Manuel Mujica Lainez - is based on the life of Pier Francesco Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo, a tortured cruel, impotent anti-hero; a hunchback obsessed by sex and his own fears. The staging is that of the Orsini's hightmarish gardens near Viterbo - peopled with huge grotesque stone figures which the Duke believed summed up man's metaphysical anguish.
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Background: The English National Opera Company has launched a truly international project -- the opera "Bomarzo" which has its British premiere this week. Based on an Italian Renaissance character, the libretto and music are by Argentines, the artistes are British, the set designer an Australian and the opera was originally commissioned by the Washington Opera Society in 1966.
SYNOPSIS: Anthony Besche's production will be presented in London's Coliseum Theatre. Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera -- accompanied by his wife. 'cellist Aurora Natola -- talks of the opera, its stars, and his part.
A further aspect of the Ginastera's 'internationality' is described by Madame Natola."