A ruthless woman with a secret son
A jealous husband bent on revenge
A young orphan whose loyalty will cost his life.

Donizetti’s dramatic Bel Canto masterpiece, a virtuoso vehicle returned to popularity by Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, has not been seen in Melbourne for more than 30 years. Direct from international successes in the US and UK, acclaimed international coloratura soprano Helena Dix returns to Melbourne Opera to continue her string of MO successes (Macbeth, Norma, Roberto Devereux and Lohengrin).

Joining Helena is popular tenor James Egglestone as her secret son Gennaro, Christopher Hillier as Duke Alfonso the jealous husband and Dimity Shepherd as Orsini, with the Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence. This new production is directed by Gary Abrahams. 4 performances only!