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Oct. 02 2017

11/18/17 – Tancredi – 1pm

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Opera Southwest

by composer Gioachino Rossini
librettist Gaetano Rossi



Tancredi                                                          Heather Johnson

Amenaide                                                        Lindsay Ohse

Argirio                                                             Heath Huberg

Orbazzano                                                       Matthew Curran

Isaura                                                              Madelyn Wanner

Roggiero                                                         Chelsea Duval-Major


ENSEMBLE:                                                  Opera Southwest Orchestra and Chorus

CONDUCTOR:                                              Anthony Barrese

CHORUS DIRECTOR:                                 Kristin Ditlow

STAGE DIRECTOR:                                     David Bartholemew

Approx. Length:                                           3 hours, 20 minutes

Rossini’s Tancredi was first produced at La Fenice in Venice in February, 1813. Rossini was only twenty years old, and this opera established the young composer as the leading Italian opera composer of his day. As the librettist for Tancredi, Gaetano Rossi, would write: “With this opera, Rossini rose to glory.” The original libretto of Tancredihad a happy ending, as was the custom in Venice at the time. Within a few months, however, Rossini had an alternate ending written which more closely emulated Voltaire’s play. This is the ending which is now regularly performed and the version we will hear today. Opera Southwest’s production was the New Mexico premiere of this opera. Tancredi is sung by Heather Johnson and Amenaide is sung by Lindsay Ohse. The conductor is Opera Southwest’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Anthony Barrese.

Founded in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre, Opera Southwest is Albuquerque’s professional, regional company.  With a mission to produce quality, professional, enjoyable and accessible opera in an intimate setting for audiences of all ages, Opera Southwest produces two to three major operas each year selected from the best of the standard and not-so-standard repertoire.  To date, Opera Southwest has produced 122 operas, including 23 world premieres, many of which were original operas created especially for children

photo credit: Lance W. Ozier

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