Swedish academy to stage rediscovered Donizetti opera
8 February 2012, Stockholm, Sweden
The Vadstena Academy in Stockholm is to stage Donizetti’s Enrico di Borgogna (Henry of Burgundy) for the second time ever since its 1818 world premiere.
An heroic opera based on August von Kotzebue’s 1798 play Der Graf von Burgund, Enrico was Donizetti’s third stage work, but the first to be performed. It received a warm response at its premiere, with one critic noting a ‘regular handling and expressive quality in his style’, for which ‘the public wanted to salute Signor Donizetti on stage at the end of the opera.’
Vadstena Academy’s new production, directed by Clara Svärd, will feature seven young soloists from Hungary, Germany and Sweden under the baton of Olof Boman, including mezzo-soprano Kinga Dobay as Enrico.
Performances at Vadstena Castle run from 20 July to 7 August 2012.