Theater an der Wien, Sujet 2016/17

Elisabetta - Regina D´inghilterra

Dramma per musica in two acts (1815)

Music by Gioachino Rossini                                  

Libretto by Giovanni Federico Schmidt

based on the play Il paggio di Leicester (1813) by Carlo Federici

Director Amélie Niermeyer

In Italian with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: 17. 3. 2017

Elisabetta was the first opera that Gioachino Rossini wrote for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. It was a triumphant debut. He was to stay at the opera house for seven years, and conducted his reform of Italian opera from there. That he was able to do so was due in no small measure to the superlative conditions it offered. Italy's finest singers were gathered there, and Rossini was able to write music tailored especially to their talents and ask them to take part in musical experiments, of which Elisabetta provides an example. This is the first of Rossini's operas not to feature any recitativi secci and he took pains to indicate all the ornaments with great precision to prevent the singers from distorting their parts beyond all recognition in a rush of virtuosity. Although, as so often, he used ideas from earlier compositions in his new opera, he adapted all the elements to the new context. As a result, Elisabetta is a cohesive work despite the many borrowings from previous pieces. It is also one of the first historical-romantic operas. Elisabetta was immediately taken up by European opera houses, and was performed with great success at the Theater an der Wien in 1818.

As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.


Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien

Tickets & Info

  • 25 - 148 €


Current Dates

  • Fri. 17 Mar 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 19 Mar 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 21 Mar 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 24 Mar 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 26 Mar 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 28 Mar 2017, 7 p.m.