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Salzburg Festival

Benvenuto Cellini

Hector Berlioz

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“A mix of futurism à la ‘Metropolis,‘ fantasy à la ‘Batman‘ and quotes from Piranesi‘s ‘Carceri,‘juxtaposed in the form of photo montages, enhanced with … robots, a helicopter, a shark and the winged vehicle of a pop star Pope,“ effuses critic Marianne Zelger-Vogt (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). The object of her rapture is not a Broadway musical but a French opera written in the 1830s, Hector Berlioz‘s “Benvenuto Cellini. The absence of the work in the operatic repertoire is certainly due in part to its musical excesses: the work is so complex, richly detailed and prolifically imaginative that Berlioz‘s contemporaries considered it unplayable and unsingable.

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ConductorValery Gergiev

DirectorPhilipp Stölzl

CastBurkhard Fritz | Maja Kovalevska Laurent Naouri | Brindley Sherratt Mikhail Petrenko

Number of actsOpera in 2 acts

Total running time2 hours 42 min

Running time by actAct 1: 1h 27min | Act 2: 1h 15min

Sung inFrench

SubtitlesEnglish

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