Love and Other Demons

Opera in two parts

Commissioned by Festivalopera Glyndebourne and BBC

Description

World premiere: 10 August, 2008 – Lewes
Glyndebourne Opera Festival
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowsky
Director: Silviu Purcarete

 

Based on Gabriel García Márquez’s novel “Of Love and Other Demons”
Libretto: Kornél Hamvai
Language: English

 

Love and Other Demons is a story of forbidden love set in the tropical and magical world of 18th century Colombia, adapted from the novella by Nobel-prizewinner, Gabriel García Márquez.

One Sunday in the slave market in the port of Cartagena de Indias, a young girl is bitten by a dog. The girl is Sierva Maria of All The Angels, the daughter of the Marquis, and the dog is rabid. Although Sierva herself seems unhurt, this is a town where reason and superstition are at war, and soon the talk is not of rabies, but possession. Sierva finds herself imprisoned in the Convent of St Clare, where Cayetano Delaura, the bishop’s exorcist, comes to drive out her demons. But soon it is Delaura himself who is possessed, consumed by Love, ‘the most terrible demon of all’. As the lovers’ obsession grows, so too does the desire of the authorities to purge this sickness from their midst.

Peter Eötvös and librettist Kornél Hamvai have given each  different level of narration its own characteristic language: English is the everyday language of the noblemen, Latin is the language of the church, Spanish is used by Delaura whenever his conversations with Sierva touch on personal feelings, and Yoruba is the secret language of the slaves.

Synopsis

Maria is living with her father who is not taking care of her. She prefers to be with the servants and slaves. She is bitten by a dog with rabies. She suffers no reaction; nevertheless, she is brought to a convent where Father Delaura is supposed to take care of her. He is supposed to exorcise her of demons but falls in love with her. As this is recognized she is removed from the convent and the bishop himself will exorcise her demons. She dies in the process.

Performances

26 May, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

Cast:
Sierva Maria: Tetiana Zhuravel
Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father: István Kovácsházi
Dominga, a black servant woman: Bernadett Fodor
Abrenuncio, a doctor: Gergely Boncsér
Don Toribio, a bishop: Krisztián Cser
Father Cayetano Delaura: Zsolt Haja
Josefa Miranda, abess: Andrea Meláth
Martina Laborde, an insane woman: Éva Balatoni

State Opera House

24 May, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

Cast:
Sierva Maria: Tetiana Zhuravel
Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father: István Kovácsházi
Dominga, a black servant woman: Bernadett Fodor
Abrenuncio, a doctor: Gergely Boncsér
Don Toribio, a bishop: Krisztián Cser
Father Cayetano Delaura: Zsolt Haja
Josefa Miranda, abess: Andrea Meláth
Martina Laborde, an insane woman: Éva Balatoni

State Opera House

8 Feb, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

Cast:
Sierva Maria: Tetiana Zhuravel
Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father: István Kovácsházi
Dominga, a black servant woman: Bernadett Fodor
Abrenuncio, a doctor: Gergely Boncsér
Don Toribio, a bishop: Krisztián Cser
Father Cayetano Delaura: Zsolt Haja
Josefa Miranda, abess: Andrea Meláth
Martina Laborde, an insane woman: Éva Balatoni

State Opera House

5 Feb, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

Cast:
Sierva Maria: Tetiana Zhuravel
Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father: István Kovácsházi
Dominga, a black servant woman: Bernadett Fodor
Abrenuncio, a doctor: Gergely Boncsér
Don Toribio, a bishop: Krisztián Cser
Father Cayetano Delaura: Zsolt Haja
Josefa Miranda, abess: Andrea Meláth
Martina Laborde, an insane woman: Éva Balatoni

State Opera House

2 Feb, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

Cast:
Sierva Maria: Tetiana Zhuravel
Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father: István Kovácsházi
Dominga, a black servant woman: Bernadett Fodor
Abrenuncio, a doctor: Gergely Boncsér
Don Toribio, a bishop: Krisztián Cser
Father Cayetano Delaura: Zsolt Haja
Josefa Miranda, abess: Andrea Meláth
Martina Laborde, an insane woman: Éva Balatoni

State Opera House

29 Jan, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

Cast:
Sierva Maria: Tetiana Zhuravel
Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father: István Kovácsházi
Dominga, a black servant woman: Bernadett Fodor
Abrenuncio, a doctor: Gergely Boncsér
Don Toribio, a bishop: Krisztián Cser
Father Cayetano Delaura: Zsolt Haja
Josefa Miranda, abess: Andrea Meláth
Martina Laborde, an insane woman: Éva Balatoni

State Opera House

27 Jan, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Hungarian premiere

Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

Cast:
Sierva Maria: Tetiana Zhuravel
Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father: István Kovácsházi
Dominga, a black servant woman: Bernadett Fodor
Abrenuncio, a doctor: Gergely Boncsér
Don Toribio, a bishop: Krisztián Cser
Father Cayetano Delaura: Zsolt Haja
Josefa Miranda, abess: Andrea Meláth
Martina Laborde, an insane woman: Éva Balatoni

State Opera House

28 Jun, 2013
Bremerhaven, Germany

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Stadttheater Bremerhaven

Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
Stage and costume: Andrej Woron
Choreography: Lars Scheibner

Cast:
Sierva Maria:Christine Graham
Don Ygnacio: Andrew Zimmerman
Dominga: Svetlana Smolentseva
Abrenuncio: Thomas Burger
Don Toribio, Bischof: Andrey Telegin
Vater Cayetano Delaura: Peter Kubik
Josefa Miranda:Katja Boost
Martina Laborde: Brigitte Rickmann

 

15 Jun, 2013
Bremerhaven, Germany

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Stadttheater Bremerhaven

Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
Stage and costume: Andrej Woron
Choreography: Lars Scheibner

Cast:
Sierva Maria:Christine Graham
Don Ygnacio: Andrew Zimmerman
Dominga: Svetlana Smolentseva
Abrenuncio: Thomas Burger
Don Toribio, Bischof: Andrey Telegin
Vater Cayetano Delaura: Peter Kubik
Josefa Miranda:Katja Boost
Martina Laborde: Brigitte Rickmann

 

6 Jun, 2013
Bremerhaven, Germany

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Stadttheater Bremerhaven

Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
Stage and costume: Andrej Woron
Choreography: Lars Scheibner

Cast:
Sierva Maria:Christine Graham
Don Ygnacio: Andrew Zimmerman
Dominga: Svetlana Smolentseva
Abrenuncio: Thomas Burger
Don Toribio, Bischof: Andrey Telegin
Vater Cayetano Delaura: Peter Kubik
Josefa Miranda:Katja Boost
Martina Laborde: Brigitte Rickmann

 

1 Jun, 2013
Bremerhaven, Germany

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Stadttheater Bremerhaven

Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
Stage and costume: Andrej Woron
Choreography: Lars Scheibner

Cast:
Sierva Maria:Christine Graham
Don Ygnacio: Andrew Zimmerman
Dominga: Svetlana Smolentseva
Abrenuncio: Thomas Burger
Don Toribio, Bischof: Andrey Telegin
Vater Cayetano Delaura: Peter Kubik
Josefa Miranda:Katja Boost
Martina Laborde: Brigitte Rickmann

24 Nov, 2011
Vilnius, Lithuania

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Lithuanian National Opera
Cond: Ralf Sochaczewsky (Germany)

9 Oct, 2010
Mulhouse, France

Eötvös: Love and other Demons - French premiere

Glyndebourne production
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Ralph Sochaczewsky

29 Sep, 2010
Strasbourg, France

Eötvös: Love and other Demons - French premiere

Glyndebourne production
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Ralph Sochaczewsky

27 Sep, 2010
Strasbourg, France

Eötvös: Love and other Demons - French premiere

Glyndebourne production
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Ralph Sochaczewsky

25 Sep, 2010
Strasbourg, France

Eötvös: Love and other Demons - French premiere

Glyndebourne production
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Ralph Sochaczewsky

24 May, 2010
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Oper Cologne

16 May, 2010
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Oper Cologne

12 May, 2010
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Oper Cologne

8 May, 2010
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Oper Cologne

6 May, 2010
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Oper Cologne

29 Apr, 2010
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Oper Cologne

29 Apr, 2010
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Oper Cologne

29 April, 2010
Further performances: 6, 8, 12, 16, 24 May, 2010
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Markus Stenz

Cast:
Anna Palemina - Sierva Maria
René Kollo - Don Ygnazio
Miljenko Turk - Father Delaura
John Heuzenroeder - Abrenuncio
Vladimiras Prudnikovas / Dennis Wilgenhoff  - Bishop
Jovita Vaskeviciute - Dominga
Dalia Schächter - Josefa Miranda
Regina Richter - Martina Laborde

15 Apr, 2010
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Theater Chemnitz

19 Mar, 2010
Vilnius, Lithuania

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Opera Vilnius

18 Mar, 2010
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

Theater Chemnitz

3 May, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

German premiere
Opera Chemnitz

4 Apr, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

German premiere
Opera Chemnitz

14 Mar, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

German premiere
Opera Chemnitz

1 Mar, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

German premiere
Opera Chemnitz

13 Feb, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

German premiere
Opera Chemnitz

3 Feb, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

German premiere
Opera Chemnitz

31 Jan, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons

German premiere
Opera Chemnitz

31 Jan, 2009
Theater Chemnitz

Eötvös: Love and other Demons - German premiere

31 January, 2009
Further performances: 3, 13 February, 1, 14 March, 4 April, 3 May 2009
18 March, 5 April 2010

Director: Dietrich Hilsdorf
Scene: Dieter Richter
Costüme: Renate Schmitzer
Conductor: Frank Beermann

Cast:
Julia Bauer- Sierva Maria
Edward Randall - Ygnacio in 2009
Hugo Mallett - Ygnacio in 2010
Tiina Penttinen - Dominga
André Riemer - Abrenuncio
Renatus Mészár - Bishop
Andreas Kindschuh - Father Delaura
Monika Straube - Josefa Miranda
Susanne Gasch- Martina Laborde
Dona Olalla - Susanne Thielemann

8 Nov, 2008
Vilnius, Lithuania

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Gaida Festival Vilnius
Glyndebourne production

Conductor: Alejo Perez

7 Nov, 2008
Vilnius, Lithuania

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Gaida Festival Vilnius
Glyndebourne production

Conductor: Alejo Perez

7 Nov, 2008
Gaida Festival, Vilnius

Eötvös: Love and other Demons - Lithuanian premiere

7, 8 November 2008
March 2009
21, 22 January 2010
Director: Silviu Purcarete (Glyndebourne production)
Conductor: Alejo Perez

Cast :
Marisol Montalvo - Sierva Maria
Vytautas Juozapaitis - Delaura
Vladimiras Prudnikovas - The Bishop
Audrius Rubezius - Don Ygnacio
Kestutis Alcauskis - Abrenuncio
Jovita Vaskeviciute - Dominga
Inesa Linaburgyte - Josefa Miranda
Laima Jonutyte - Martina

30 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

27 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

24 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

22 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

19 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

16 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

13 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

13 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

10 Aug, 2008
Glyndebourne, UK

Eötvös: Love and other Demons - Premiere

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Director: Silviu Purcarete
Stage and costume: Helmut Stürmer
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Cast
Allison Bell - Sierva Maria
Marietta Simpson - Dominga
Felicity Palmer - Josefa Miranda
Jean Rigby - Martina Laborde
Robert Brubaker - Don Ygnacio
Nathan Gunn - Father Delaura
John Graham-Hall - Abrenuncio
Mats Almgren - Bishop

Details

Genre:
Duration:
135 minutes
Date:
2007

Publisher information

Cast

Cast
Sierva Maria
Dominga
Josefa Miranda
Martina Laborde
Don Ygnacio
Father Delaura
Abrenuncio
Bishop

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Love and Other Demons
Opera - Music Theatre
135'8voc,​fch22212 4221 201 66864sax,​celamp

Singers: 8 singers, plus chorus (8 women)
Orchestra:
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 clar., bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 9 brass: 4.2.2.1 plus 1 sax. (S, A, Bar.), 2 percussion, Harp, Celesta
Strings: 6.6.8.6.4.

African Bean Rattle

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Sierva Maria wird von einem tollwütigen Hund gebissen.  Sehr bald heißt es, das Mädchen sei seit diesem Vorfall besessen. Man setzt sie im Kloster St. Clare gefangen, mit dem Exorzismus wird der erfahrene Pater Delaura beauftragt. Bald jedoch ist dieser selbst besessen – von “schrecklichsten aller Dämonen”, der überwältigenden Liebe zu Sierva.
Peter Eötvös und Kornél Hamvai haben den Handlungsebenen der Geschichte je eine charakteristische Sprache zugeordnet: Englisch ist die Sprache der Adligen, Latein die der Kirche, Spanisch wird von Delaura benutzt, wenn seine Gespräche mit Sierva persönliche Empfindungen berühren, und Yoruba ist die Geheimsprache der Sklaven.

 

Critics

World premiere: 10 August, 2008
Conductor: Vladimir Jurovsky
Director: Silviu Purcarete

 

 

Allison Bell conquers Sierva Maria’s stratospheric flights, while Nathan Gunn’s Cayetano Delaura is opera’s answer to Hollywood casting.
/Financial Times – August 2008/

 

Eötvös’s fifth full-length opera is surprisingly lacking in heat. But the music is brilliantly luminous…a glittering score that is clear and precise, wonderfully moulded by Vladimir Jurowski and incandescently played by the LPO…Bell invests the stratosphere-defying coloratura with heart-stopping defiance and pathos.
/BBC Music Magazine – 2013/

 

Eötvös creates some spine-chilling hard-edged moments but the music is predominantly slow-moving and soft-centred, the overall effect closer to melodrama than to tragedy…of high technical quality, with fine all-round performances. Apart from the fearless and affecting Bell, Felicity Palmer is a formidable Abbess.
/Gramophone – 2014/

 

Audio

Köln Opera – Cond.: Markus Stenz

Video

Interview with Péter Eötvös, 2017

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