by Vincenzo Bellini
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


I Puritani Opera Overview

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.
“Albina Shagimuratova [is] a dominant force, first among a cast of equals…she earned the thunderous ovation she got at its end.”
The New York Times

“[Lawrence Brownlee’s] sound has warmth and bloom...he soars up to ringing top notes, high Cs and even higher.”
The New York Times


National Endowment for the Arts

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

Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes with 2 intermissions




Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

I Puritani Opera Resources

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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.

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Audio Highlights

Vincenzo Bellini

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

“A te, o cara”

“Vien, diletto”

“Suoni la tromba”

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Opera Commentary

commentary by Roger Pines

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Lawrence Brownlee Flies High

Lawrence Brownlee Flies High

Lawrence Brownlee has been the toast of Chicago in two signature roles. This season, Lawrence returns to the Lyric stage in another role he has truly made his own, Arturo in Bellini’s I Puritani.

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Season of Delights

The English Civil War is the setting for Bellini’s romantic drama I Puritani (The Puritans), the crowning achievement of this Italian master’s career.

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Music for I Puritani provided by through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Photos: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera