May 2019

Opera "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" by V.Bellini. Premieré on May 19th, 2019



Stage director - Katrin Tegova
Musical director -  Erki Pehk
Set and costume designer -  Madis Nurms
Choreographer -  Dainius Bervingis
L
ighting designer-  Margus Vaigur
Video designer - Argo Valdmaa

Romeo - Abigail Levis
Giulietta - Margarita Levchuk
Tebaldo - Yury Rostotsky
Lorenzo - Andrius Apšega
Capellio - Liudas Mikalauskas

The orchestra and chorus of the Kaunas State Musical Theatre

Costume drawings


The design is inspired by two musical moments in the opera: first a recurring theme from Sinfonia that resembles galloping horses and secondly a phrase from Giulietta's aria: "I burn, a blaze, a fire all my torment" (Ardo...una vampa, un foco tutta mi strugge). First of the two inspired the central images of the set design, another provided the gleaming-hot orange color scheme of the costumes.  

The design has an image of a horse at its core, repeating in different forms throughout the opera. A horse as both a symbol of war and loyalty seems to fit in essence with the central conflict of the opera which is similar to Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet", a well known play based on the same sources. The bloody strife between the Capuleti and Montecchi  can be seen as a sort of a chess game, where the most characteristic piece of two rival factions is a knight - also represented by a horse's head and neck.

Set drawings

Scale model 1:25