When we decided to stage it, we were not surprised to discover that there is no modern edition of this score. Such is the dedication of Italians to preserving their cultural heritage!
In order to recreate in some way the conditions of the first performance in the Chiostro di Sant'Agnello in Naples, we chose to perform the opera in the courtyard of the San Rocco Monastery in Carpi.
The wonderful modern-baroque costumes were designed and made by Evelyna Schubert and Heike Neubauer-Antoci of Metta-Nest (Dresden).
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Li prodigi della divina grazia nella conversione e morte di San Guglielmo, Duca d'Aquitania
(Carpi, Cortile di San Rocco, 14 July 2011)
Brigitte Canins (San Guglielmo), Anna Rita Pili (San Bernardo), Vittoria Giacobazzi (Angelo), Lorenzo Malagola (Demonio), Erica Rompianesi (Arsenio), Paolo V. Montanari (Capitan Cuòsemo), Anne Juds, Alessia Franchini (dancers), Accademia degli Impossibili, Mario Sollazzo (harpsichord & conductor), Anne Juds (choreographer), Metta-Nest (costumes), Fabio Antoci (light designer).
Full photo album
The Angel (disguised as a shepherd) is tormenting the Devil (disguised as a hermit) with a voodoo doll
The Angel is tormenting the Devil again
The death of the Angel leads Guglielmo to repent
The Angel (disguised as valet Albinio), Guglielmo and the Devil (disguised as a nobleman)
The Angel and the Devil
The torture and death of the Angel
The Devil tempts Cuosemo to commit suicide
The Devil appears to Guglielmo disguised as his father's ghost
Guglielmo, who has blinded himself, is torn between hope and despair
The Angel restores the sight to Guglielmo
The Devil tempts Cuosemo (now a friar) to go back to his former life
The death of Guglielmo
Canonization of San Guglielmo