Il Prigioniero / Quattro pezzi sacri

Luigi Dallapiccola / Giuseppe Verdi

From Thursday 01 January 1970

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It was the summer of 1939 when Luigi Dallapiccola came across the story La torture par l'espérance in Paris, one of the Contes cruels by Auguste de Villers de L’Isle Adam. He was moved and, during his return journey, began to reflect on the suggestion made by his wife Laura to create a theatrical work based on the story. The libretto was written during the Second World War: “That was the time” wrote Dallapiccola “in which Europe, which had been surrounded by barbed wire for some time, was reduced to a mass of ruins at an increasingly rapid pace”. The opera was performed for the first time on 3 May 1948 for the XIII Maggio Festival, and was considered one of the cornerstones of 20th century musical theatre which, according to Massimo Mila, “reached an artistic and moral height that Italian musical theatre had not seen since Verdi’s times”.

Il Prigioniero
Libretto by Luigi Dallapiccola from La torture par l'espérance by Villiers de l'Isle Adam, from La légende d'Ulenspiegel et de Lamme Goedzak by Charles de Coster
Music by Luigi Dallapiccola

Premiere: Florence, Teatro Comunale, May 20, 1950

New production

Michael Boder

Director and choreography
Virgilio Sieni

Assistant director 
João Carvalho Aboim

Sets and costumes
Giulia Bonaldi

Corps de ballet
Compagnia Virgilio Sien

Choir director

Lorenzo Fratini

Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

The mother
Anna Maria Chiuri

The jailer and the Grand Inquisitor
John Daszak
Stalls 1 100€
Stalls 2 80€
Stalls 3 65€
Stalls 4 50€
Boxes 35€
Gallery 20€