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Performance dates & times

Thursday 13 May
7:30 PM
Saturday 15 May
7:30 PM
Tuesday 18 May
7:30 PM
Saturday 22 May
12:30 PM*

*Audio Described Performance

Running Time Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (including one interval)

Price range

$69.00 – $287.00
Pensioner / Student
$62.00 – $258.00
$35.00 – $144.00

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Duty! Youth! Honour! Beauty!

Ernani is an outlaw, ready to fight for his honour and die for his ideals. But our hero is caught in a love quadrangle. Can he win the hand of the beautiful Elvira, who is already promised to her elderly uncle de Silva and coveted by the King of Spain?

This opera has intrigue, disguise, betrayal and adventure, like all the best medieval tales. Love can triumph over almost anything, but in this story with a surprising ending, honour has the final say.

Ernani was Verdi’s fifth opera. Seventy years after its premiere, it became the first complete opera ever recorded. That’s testament to the rousing music. You’ll hear all the composer’s trademark colours on display: passionate choruses, emotional arias and flawless ensemble writing.

In this co-production with La Scala, director Sven-Eric Bechtolf embraces the melodrama of the story and creates a play within a play. It’s an excuse for lavish period costumes, masks and headdresses.

Verdi specialist Renato Palumbo conducts the stunning score. We’ve assembled an exciting cast, led by Diego Torre as the brave Ernani and Natalie Aroyan as Elvira. Baritone Vladimir Stoyanov sings the role of the King of Spain, with Vitalij Kowaljow as Elvira’s Uncle.


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Diego Torre
Don Carlo, King of Spain
Vladimir Stoyanov
Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Alexander Vinogradov Elvira Natalia Aroyan
Natalia Aroyan
Jennifer Black
Don Riccardo
Simon Kim
Luke Gabbedy
Opera Australia Chorus & Orchestra Victoria


Renato Palumbo
Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Scenic Designer
Julian Crouch
Costume Designer
Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer
Marco Filibeck
Video Designer
Filippo Marta
Rehearsal Director
Liesel Badorrek
This is a co-production by Teatro Alla Scala and Opera Australia

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