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Jarosław Gwoździk/Ran Arthur Braun
08.04.2018 at 20h00 CET
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 20:00

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Il corsaro

A Verdi opera that is rarely performed - lucky you, the tenor Michael Fabiano performs the title-role, Corrado!  

Operas | Verdi

Sung in Italian

Subtitiled in English, French and German with possibility of auto-translation into 114 other languages.

Available from
08.04.2018 at 20h00 CET

Available until
07.10.2018 at 23h59 CET

CorradoMichael Fabiano
MedoraKristina Mkhitaryan
GulnaraOksana Dyka
SeidVito Priante
GiovanniEvgeny Stavinsky
OrchestraOrquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

MusicGiuseppe Verdi
ConductorFabio Biondi
DirectorNicola Raab
Set DesignerGeorge Souglides
Costume DesignerGeorge Souglides
Fight Choreography and VideoRan Arthur Braun

Act I

The Greek island of the corsairs. Aboard his ship, the chief corsair Corrado, who is in exile, laments his existence as a pirate. He shows his determination to fight against the Turkish Pasha, Seid, and is applauded by his men. Meanwhile, alone in her room, his beloved Medora is fearful for Corrado’s fate and she puts her thoughts into words in a mournful song. The corsair arrives and tells her of his battle plans. Despite her fears and after pleading with him not to go, Corrado leaves her to face the enemy.

Act II

The Turkish city of Corone. In Seid’s harem the odalisques pamper Gulnara, the Pasha’s favourite. But she longs for freedom and to return to her homeland. A messenger brings her an invitation for the celebration that Seid is preparing for after the anticipated defeat of the corsairs. Before the banquet, Seid asks Allah for his protection. Once the celebration is underway, a dervish asks Seid for protection after having escaped from the corsairs. Seid accepts and then receives the news that the Turkish fleet is in flames. The dervish reveals his identity: it is Corrado, who attacks with his men. When the battle appears to have been won, the news that the harem is in flames makes Corrado stop fighting and rescue Gulnara along with the other women. Seid takes advantage of this to counterattack. Finally, Corrado is arrested. Impressed by his brave gesture towards her, Gulnara puts in a good word for the corsair, but Seid condemns him to death.


Seid’s victory is marred by the suspicion that Gulnara is in love with Corrado. The defiant attitude of the slave girl fills the Turk with rage.

Gulnara visits Corrado in his cell and gives him a dagger: she has bribed the guards so that he can escape and kill Seid with the weapon. When Corrado refuses to kill the Turk in such a despicable way, Gulnara decides she will do it herself. A storm blows up after she has left. When she returns, she tells Corrado that Seid is dead and offers to escape with him. Corrado accepts and they run off together towards the island of the corsairs.

The Greek island of the corsairs. Medora, in despair from having received no news of Corrado, has taken poison to end her own life. As she lies dying, the corsairs’ ship arrives and Corrado and Gulnara run to the unfortunate Medora’s side, who dies in the arms of her beloved. In despair, Corrado throws himself off a cliff despite the efforts of his men to stop him from doing so, and Gulnara faints.