Donizetti’s rarely staged opera about the infamous Renaissance femme fatale tells a story as lurid as any Hollywood melodrama.
A member of the notorious Borgia clan and the illegitimate daughter of a pope, Lucrezia has become a byword for incest and murder. And in his staging, Figgis will be filling in some of her back story with three short films, which will screen before the opera’s prologue and subsequent acts.
An acclaimed jazz musician who scores his own films, Figgis is just one of a string of British filmmakers turning their attention to opera. The late Anthony Minghella started the trend with his award-winning staging of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly at ENO a few years ago, and Terry Gilliam will be following in Figgis’s footsteps with an ENO production of Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust in May.
Lucrezia Borgia plays for 9 performances at ENO on Jan 31, Feb 9, 15, 18, 23, 25 & Mar 3 at 7.30pm, Feb 5, 12 at 6.30pm.