Opera

Il viaggio a Reims / The Journey to Reims

Gioachino Rossini

Dramma giocoso in one act Libretto by Giuseppe Luigi Balochi Performed in Italian with German and English supertitles

In 1825 a group of nobles travelling from all over Europe to the coronation of Charles X of France are stranded in a luxury hotel near Reims for lack of horses. Soon the guests are embroiled in love affairs, intrigues, secret intentions and jealous passions. But in the end, all parties make their peace at a joint banquet. Rossini’s musically colourful and highly virtuosic satire brings together Europe’s political forces of the first half of the 19th century, ostensibly in the harmless story of events at one hotel.

Summary

In 1825 a group of nobles travelling from all over Europe to the coronation of Charles X of France are stranded in a luxury hotel near Reims for lack of horses. Soon the guests are embroiled in love affairs, intrigues, secret intentions and jealous passions. But in the end, all parties make their peace at a joint banquet. Rossini’s musically colourful and highly virtuosic satire brings together Europe’s political forces of the first half of the 19th century, ostensibly in the harmless story of events at one hotel.

Synopsis

In Europe: A group of nobles from all over Europe gathered in a hotel to attend the upcoming coronation of the new French king in the cathedral of Reims. The hotel’s owner, Madame Cortese, and her employees are getting all the staff to get everything ready for the departure. The hotel doctor Don Prudenzio is conscientiously checking the travel group’s breakfast. The Countess of Folleville is eagerly awaiting her precious festive attire. Upon hearing that this has been damaged in an accident, the Parisian lady faints. It is only with the message that one of her hats has been saved that she regains consciousness and all the worried hotel guests around her breathe a sigh of relief. Austrian Baron von Trombonok and the Italian Don Profondo are amongst the guests and become witnesses to the display of jealously between the Spaniard Don Alvaro and the Russian Count Libenskof. Libenskof is in a relationship with Polish Marquise Melibea and Alvaro is crazy about her. Offended by Libenskof's suspicions, Melibea wants to leave him. It is only the sudden song of the Roman poet Corinna that calms the tempers. Madame Cortese is extremely worried as the horses needed for the journey haven’t arrived yet. A further guest of the hotel, Englishman Lord Sidney, is consumed by love for Corinna. Chevalier Belfiore has also noticed the ethereal singer and wants to win her over with his French charm. She, nevertheless, resolutely rejects him. All ready for the departure, Don Profondo gathers the guests and their luggage. However, the sudden news that there are no horses ruins all the travel plans. Faced with the truth, the travel group realises that they are stuck here and will miss the coronation! Only a letter, which Madame Cortese receives from her husband eases the situation. After the coronation in Reims there will be a whole week of festivities in the capital where everyone who was unable to attend the coronation will be able to celebrate. The Countess of Folleville immediately offers everyone the chance to stay in her house in Paris. Relieved, the group decides to end the evening with a lavish banquet in honour of the king and to continue travelling to Paris the next day. Marquise Melibea makes up with Count Libenskof and is captured by his declaration of love. The guests celebrating with hymns and songs from the their home countries: »Long live the new ruler!« 

Complete Cast

Dresden premiere

Premierenkostprobe and Specials

There are currently no further performances scheduled this season.

Making-of trailer »Il viaggio a Reims/The Journey to Reims«

Part 1 – With director Laura Scozzi
Part 2 – Costumes by Fanny Brouste
Part 3 – With Raphael Gwosch, Head of Construction
Part 4 – With soloist Elena Gorshunova (Corinna)

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