Some works require just that little bit more context, especially when they are rarely on the bill. That is why we have the Operabrunch formula, an informative moment in a relaxed atmosphere which zooms in on special titles from our programme.
After his revolutionary operas Nabucco and I Lombardi, Giuseppe Verdi was looking for a new kind of musical theatre with psychological depth. He found a fellow traveller in the French author Victor Hugo and the elaborate intrigue of his novel Hernani. Musicologist Annelies Andries (Utrecht University), a specialist in 19th-century French and Italian opera and author of a new Operatheek volume on Ernani, will guide you through this rarely performed musical drama.