Beatrice di Tenda was first staged at the Teatro La Fenice on the 16th March 1833, starring Giuditta Pasta, Giovanni Orazio Cartagenova, Anna Del Sere, Alberico Curioni. The libretto is by Felice Romani (based on the homonymous 1825 work by Carlo Tedaldi Fores). It is inspired by a true story which took place near Milan in 1418. The opera witnessed several arguments between the composer from Catania and the librettist from Liguria: the latter submitted his libretto very late, and Bellini blamed him for the opera’s limited success, thus ending their work partnership.
As Agnese del Maino, Beatrice's adversary, Theresa Kronthaler can be heard under the musical direction of Michele Spotti in two concert performances of this rarely performed opera by Bellini at the Palazzo Ducale in Martina Franca on 23 and 26 July.
Biagio Pizzuti, Filippo Maria Visconti
Giuliana Gianfaldoni, Beatrice di Tenda
Theresa Kronthaler, Agnese del Maino
Celso Albelo, Orombello
Joan Folqué , Anichino / Rizzardo del Maino
Michele Spotti, conductor
Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari
Coro del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari
Fabrizio Cassi , choirmaster
23 | 26 July 2022
Festival della Valle d'Itria Martina Franca | Palazzo Ducale
Vincenzo Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda