“The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo will be staged in Izmir
French writer Victor Hugo’s classic tale “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will be presented to art lovers by Izmir State Opera and Ballet (IZDOB).
IZDOB artists are gearing up to create the world famous work which tells the story of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda and the hunchbacked church bell ringer Quasimodo, revolving around the themes of love, romantic affairs and dilemmas. The musical will be performed in Turkey’s third-largest province, Izmir, on May 12 at the Bornova Culture and Arts Center.
Armağan Davran and Volkan Ersoy supervised the choreography and libretto of the play.
The musical depicts the love felt for Esmeralda by Notre Dame Cathedral bell ringer Quasimodo, who was born deeply deformed. The cathedral, whose 850-year history was destroyed by fire in the recent past, plays a crucial role in the works. In the 19th century, the authorities wanted to demolish the dilapidated cathedral with the aim of organizing Paris into an urban city.
A locally produced work, from its props to its costumes, the story will be accompanied by musical arrangements of Cesare Pugni’s compositions by Bujor Hoinic, who is known worldwide for his illustrious career as a composer and his time at the Opera and Ankara State Ballet.
Events will be depicted through the eyes of Quasimodo, who loves Esmeralda but cannot protect her from the scheming of the cathedral priest no matter how hard he tries.
The set for the two-act play was designed by Çağda Çitkaya while Gülay Korkut made the costumes. The play will be staged by the IZDOB team under the direction of conductor Tolga Taviş.
Sertan Yetkinoğlu, Selahattin Erkan and Yiğit Olataş will play the role of Quasimodo, one of the main roles in the work, while Burcu Olguner, Cansu Polat and Oben Yıldırım will play Esmeralda.