Rossini Tribute (iii)

Sundays, Mondays & Fridays 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.


Friday, November 23 at 21:00 | Mosè in Egitto

Conductor: Roberto Abbado - Stage director: Graham Vick. With Alex Esposito (Faraone), Olga Senderskaya (Amaltea), Dmitry Korchak (Osiride), Sonia Ganassi (Elcia), Enea Scala (Mambre), Riccardo Zanellato (Mosè). Many operas of the past centuries were inspired - as later Hollywood - by sections of the Old Testament. In 1818, Rossini set to music the story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Director Graham Vick staged the biblical story before the current political background of the Middle East conflict. Awarded with the Premio Franco Abbiati della critica musicale italiana for the best performance of the year 2011.


Sunday, November 25 at 14:00 | Aureliano in Palmira

Conductor: Will Crutchfield - Stage director: Mario Martone. With Michael Spyres (Aureliano), Jessica Pratt (Zenobia), Lena Belkina (Arsace), Raffaella Lupinacci (Publia), Dempsey Rivera (Oraspe). The opera is about the rivalry between Roman Emperor Aurelian and Persian prince Arsace over the love of the beautiful Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra. Aurelian conquers the city and arrests Arsace, later also Zenobia. After many dramatic events, Aurelian frees them: They shall rule together in Palmyra - provided they swear fealty to the Roman Empire. "Aureliano in Palmira" was Rossini's second commission for La Scala in Milan, where it was premiered on December 26, 1813. Later Rossini used parts of the music for his operas "Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra" and "Il Barbiere di Siviglia".


Monday, November 26 at 21:00 | La Gazzetta

Discover Rossini's opera La Gazzetta, performed by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna under the direction of the young Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola and presented in 2015 as part of the Rossini Opera Festival. German radio Deutschlandfunk hailed the management of Mazzola, whom she called "one of the most gifted artists of his generation, he is not only a faithful interpreter of the score, he sends the orchestra of the Teatro di Bologna - and his audience too - into a veritable Rossini delirium". The director Marco Carniti stages this colorful production in the Paris of the 1950s to judiciously distil Rossini's ironic social criticism. Nicola Alaimo embodies the new and rich Don Pomponio Storione in a performance that, according to the Huffington Post: "he has confirmed his admirable dramatic qualities, with evidence of an unsuspected physical agility".


Friday, November 30 at 21:00 | Rossini - Ciro in Babilonia

Conductor: Will Crutchfield - Stage director: Davide Livermore. With Michael Spyres (Baldassare), Ewa Podles (Ciro), Jessica Pratt (Amira), Carmen Romeu (Argene), Mirco Palazzi (Zambri), Robert McPherson (Arbace), Raffaele Costantini (Daniello). 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 (1792-1868) is the town’s most famous son and shapes the city of Pesaro far beyond the festival. The Dramma con cori "Cyrus in Babylon, or The Downfall of Belshazzar", written in 1812 for the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, is Rossini’s second serious opera and was originally designed as an oratorio. The plot follows the Old Testament and tells the story of King Belshazzar in Babylon including the writing on the wall and the overthrow of the king by the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great.