Beatrice Cenci


Berthold Goldschmidt Beatrice Cenci opera to a libretto by Martin Esslin based on The Cenci by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Directed 2018 by Johannes Erath at the Bregenze Festival. Stars Christoph Pohl (Count Francesco Cenci), Dshamilja Kaiser (Lucrezia), Gal James (Beatrice), Christina Bock (Bernardo), Per Bach Nissen (Cardinal Camillo), Michael Laurenz (Orsino), Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger (Marzio), Sébastien Soulès (Olimpio), and Peter Marsh (Judge). Johannes Debus conducts the Wiener Symphoniker and the Prague Philharmonic Choir (Chorus Master Lukáš Vasilek). Stage design by Katrin Connan; costume design by Katharina Tasch; lighting design by Bernd Purkrabek; dramaturgy by Olaf A. Schmitt. Directed for TV by Felix Breisach. Sung in German. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This was not opera in the lake for which the Bregenzer Festival is most famous. The folks at the Bregenzer Festival also have a legitimate opera house indoors where they specialize in unearthing hidden opera treasures. Goldschmidt (1903-1996) was a German Jew who fled to England in 1935 and lived to age 93. He composed Beatrice Cenci shortly after WW II in a modern belcanto style, but he could never get it produced. According to Bregenzer PR, this production is the first time Beatrice Cenci has been staged.

Here are some images made at Bregenz (we think) of this production. This should give you some idea of the style involved even if these images are not in Felix Breisach’s video file — looks interesting: