Rossini Tribute (i)

Mondays, Fridays & Sundays in November

 

The entire month of November at Stingray Brava broadcasts a tribute to Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), in honour of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death on November 13th. On Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays, no less than fourteen opera productions will be broadcasted, including many premieres! Rossini is undoubtedly the most important Italian composer of the first half of the eighteenth century. The composer is known for his lively and energetic comic operas (opéra buffa), but his contribution to the development of the opera séria should not be underestimated! The composer paved the way for generations of opera composers, including Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Vincenzo Bellini, and Richard Wagner.


Thursday, November 1 at 21:00 | La scala di seta

Conductor: Claudio Scimone - Stage director: Damiano Michieletto. With Olga Peretyatko (Giulia), Daniele Zanfardino (Dormont), José Manuel Zapata (Dorvil), Anna Malavasi (Lucilla), Carlo Lepore (Blansac), Paolo Bordogna (Germano). Since 1980, the annual Rossini Opera Festival takes place at Rossini's birthplace Pesaro, a popular seaside resort on the Adriatic coast. It has become one of the most important festivals in Italy. Performances are given at the beautiful Teatro Rossini and in the great Adriatic Arena. Rossini is the town's most famous son and shapes the city of Pesaro far beyond the festival. "La scala di seta" is Rossini's third of five one-act, comic "Farse" with which he began his career as a young composer.


Friday, November 2 at 21:00 | Le Comte Ory

Conductor: Paolo Carignani - Stage director: Lluís Pasqual. With Yijie Shi (Le Comte Ory), María José Moreno (La Comtesse Adèle), Lorenzo Regazzo (Le Gouverneur), Roberto de Candia (Raimbaud), Laura Polverelli (Isolier), Natalia Gavrilan (Dame Ragonde). Written in French in 1828 for the Paris Opéra, "Le Comte Ory" has maintained its success to this day. Re-using some of the music of his "Viaggio a Reims", Rossini turns the disguise-based libretto into a spirited play of erotic lightness.


Sunday, November 4 at 14:10 | Zelmira

The Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Rossini's birthplace, is internationally renowned for its innovative stagings and musically impeccable productions of Rossini's works. Though rarely performed today, "Zelmira" is regarded as one of Rossini's most important and musically complex works. Conductor Roberto Abbado delivers a "permanent and splendid musical fireworks" (La Libre Belgique) that grabs the listener's attention with its succession of virtuoso ensembles. The stellar cast is toplined by Juan Diego Flórez, "today's greatest bel canto star" (La Repubblica), whose opening aria, with its five high D's and long-held high C, was hailed by Opernwelt as "phenomenal". Kate Aldrich with her exquisitely Rossinian mezzo was acclaimed as "the discovery of the year" (L'Unità).


Monday, November 5 at 21:00 | Sigismondo

Conductor: Michele Mariotti - Stage director: Damiano Michieletto. With Daniela Barcellona (Sigismondo), Andrea Concetti (Ulderico/Zenovito), Olga Peretyatko (Aldimira), Antonino Siragusa (Ladislao), Manuela Bisceglie (Anagilda), Enea Scala (Radoski). Sigismondo, King of Poland, has had his wife Aldimira killed, since his chancellor Ladislao convinced him of her infidelity. But that was only an intrigue; Aldimira is rescued - great rejoicing at the happy ending. "Sigismondo" was first performed on Christmas 1814 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. After the success of "Tancredi" in the previous year Rossini was well on the way to become the most popular composer in Europe.


Friday, November 9 at 21:00 | Il Signor Bruschino

Conductor: Daniele Rustioni - Stage director: Teatro Sotterraneo. Rossinis one-act opera was premiered in Venice in 1813. The New York Times cheered this "clever production" conceived by the young Florentine theater collective Teatro Sotteraneo, one of the most innovative experimental groups in Italy. The action takes place in a 21st-century Rossini theme park, a kind of Rossinian Disneyland with fireworks of mistaken identities, exhilarating music, intricate ensemble pieces, verbal puns and gags - a hint of Rossini's later masterpieces! The plot anticipates Donizetti's "Don Pasquale": A young man wants to marry his beloved, but has to disguise himself as her legitimate suitor in order to trick her scheming guardian.