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Jan. 15 2017

2/18/17 – I Puritani – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera

I Puritani
Composed by Vincenzo Bellini

  • sung in Italian
  • ESTIMATED RUN TIME 3 HRS 32 MINS
  • front page photo credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The art of bel canto will take center stage in Bellini’s lyrical jewel. The electrifying Diana Damrau is Elvira, gripped by madness and love; Javier Camarena, a sensation in his recent appearances in other bel canto works, takes on the role of her beloved and heroic Arturo; and Alexey Markov and Luca Pisaroni are the soldiers caught up in the English Civil War. Maurizio Benini conducts.

World premiere: Théâtre Italien, Paris, 1835. I Puritani was the final work from Vincenzo Bellini, the great Sicilian exponent of the bel canto style of opera. It was written specifically for the talents of four of the best singers of its day, and the opera’s success depends almost entirely on the vocal abilities (and artistic sensibilities) of the performers. In our time, Maria Callas was catapulted to international stardom by a series of performances in I Puritani in 1949 at Venice’s La Fenice.

CONDUCTOR  Maurizio Benini

ELVIRA  Diana Damrau

ARTURO  Javier Camarena

Alexey Markov

RICCARDO  Alexey Markov

GIORGIO  Luca Pisaroni

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