SHOWN SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 @ 3:00PM ONLY:
OPERA ON THE ISLAND: I PURITANI
Part of the ITALY’S GRAND OPERAS SERIES
Performed at Teatro Comunale di Bologna
‘Florez gave a very fine performance’full in tone, razorsharp in attack, with the stratospheric notes above top C well integrated within a chiseled melodic line… Nino Machaidze has many of the qualities_ a wide range, uncommon emotional sensitivity, ease in coloratura_ that are indispensable for Elvira.’ _Opera News
Following five years of extraordinary success with La Sonnambula, Norma and Beatrice di Tenda, I Puritani, the last opera written by a young Bellini, who died at age 34, is the richest example of transition from the lyrical classicism to the passion of romanticism. The first performances, in Paris, 1835, interpreted by the most beautiful voices of the time, became a legend.
For this production of I Puritani, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has reunited two young stars who could well become the dream couple in the opera world: Juan Diego Florez and Nino Machaidze. Conducted by the extremely talented Michele Mariotti, I Puritani has been directed by the internationally renowned Pier’Alli, who, for more than 25 years, has set milestones in the story of opera direction.
Ugo Guagliardo (Lord Gualtiero Valton)
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Sir Giorgio)
Juan Diego Florez (Lord Arturo Talbo)
Gabriele Viviani (Sir Riccardo Forth)
Gianluca Floris (Sir Bruno Robertson)
Nadia Pirazzini (Enrichetta di Francia)
Nino Machaidze (Elvira)
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Chief Chorus Master: Paolo Vero
Direction, Sets & Costumes: Pier’Alli
Costumes: Maria Danilova
Lights: Pier’Alli and Daniele Naldi
Tickets are $17.50 all seats, $15.00 for members.