I puritani

By Vincenzo Bellini

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 3 hours, 35 minutes with 2 intermissions

Of all opera composers, none glorified the human voice more than Bellini. His final opera was I Puritani, in which a soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass can truly revel in some of the most thrilling vocal music ever written. Opera companies produce this work only when they can cast fabulous singers with masterful techniques and superb style. Bellini places them within a sweeping historical drama in 17th-century England, in which a passionate young couple find themselves caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.

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This production of I puritani was presented at Lyric February 4 – 28, 2018. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini

EMI recording — Caballé, Kraus, Manuguerra, Ferrin, cond. Muti. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“A te, o cara”
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“Vien, diletto”
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“Suoni la tromba”
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I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini

commentary by Roger Pines
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I puritani Synopsis

During the English Civil War, the emotionally fragile, Puritan woman Elvira and the heroic Royalist Arturo have fallen in love and are to be married. However, another Puritan, Riccardo, is in love with Elvira and has been promised her hand in marriage. The star-crossed lovers’ story unravels in a tangle of political intrigue, deception, misunderstanding, and madness, but the power of true love may be able to conquer all.

TIME: About 1650
PLACE: England

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Meet The Artists

Albina Shagimuratova

Elvira

Lawrence Brownlee

Arturo

Anthony Clark Evans†

Riccardo

Adrian Sâmpetrean

Giorgio

Enrique Mazzola

Conductor

Eric Einhorn

Director

Ming Cho Lee*

Set Designer

Peter J. Hall

Costume Designer

Chris Maravich

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumnus
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

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This production was originally directed by Sandro Sequi and premiered at The Metropolitan Opera. All scenery, properties, and costumes constructed by The Metropolitan Opera.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg