Determined to find a husband for his beautiful daughter, Isabeau, King Raimondo organises a ‘Tournament of Love’ in her honour. Knights from around the country assemble to demonstrate their affection for the young Princess. But, to the King’s dismay, Isabeau refuses to choose a suitor.
As punishment the King forces Isabeau to ride naked on horseback through the town. While the people refuse to look, Folco, the King’s falconer, accidentally glimpses her and is arrested. Visiting Folco in prison, Isabeau falls in love with him, a passion which is doomed.
Written to a libretto by Luigi Illica, Mascagni’s collaborator on Iris, this adaptation of the medieval legend of Lady Godiva fuses the suspense and violence of Cavalleria Rusticana with delirious Wagnerian harmonies and an Intermezzo rich with the sound of bells.
Sat 14 – Sat 28 July 2018
A new production by Opera Holland Park
Co-produced with New York City Opera
Italian libretto by Luigi Illica
Surtitles in English
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
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UPDATE (21 April 2021 10.07am). We have resolved the issue with our ticketing provider and we are now able to take bookings. INSPIRE £22 tickets and tickets for our Discovery Matinees and extra performances are now on sale.