Oberto conte di San Bonifacio

Giuseppe Verdi

New Teatro alla Scala Production

From 17 April to 14 May 2013

Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes intermission included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
In the year of the bicentenary there couldn’t not be (along with his last opera, Falstaff) the character drama with which Giuseppe Verdi presented himself to the public for the first time. At the age of twenty-six, the young man full of hope – a “foreigner” from the duchy of Parma who moved to Milan – received warm applause. Thus the opera was repeated at La Scala fourteen evenings on the run, and the musician received a contract to write another three.

The heroes of the young Verdi immediately went down well – first with the Milanese and then with Italians – because they represented what the people wanted to be: courageous instead of fearful, upright instead of opportunist, direct instead of reticent. Let’s take Oberto: his daughter has been seduced, and initially he repudiates her. Both are driven by revenge against her seducer, who in the meantime has turned his attentions elsewhere. Yet father and daughter warn her of his treacherous nature, and instead of embarking on a battle to keep the man for herself, as one might realistically suppose, she decides to force him to make amends for the wrongs done to Oberto’s daughter by marrying the latter in her own place. And on it goes, with unexpected twists dictated by moral rectitude, exemplary pride, unexpected generosity and a noble sense of guilt.

Mario Martone, the well-received director of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, has already announced that the performance will be inspired by the idea of the Italian Risorgimento.


Riccardo Frizza
Mario Martone
Sergio Tramonti
Ursula Patzak
Marco Filibeck from the project of Pasquale Mari


Fabio Sartori
Sonia Ganassi
Maria Agresta
Michele Pertusi (17, 20, 23 Apr.; 2, 5 May)
Adrian Sampetrean (10, 14 May)
José Maria Lo Monaco
Teatro alla Scala