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.
by Vincenzo Bellini
EMI recording — Caballé, Kraus, Manuguerra, Ferrin, cond. Muti. Courtesy of Warner Classics.
“Suoni la tromba”
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
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Meet The Artists
Anthony Clark Evans†
Ming Cho Lee*
Peter J. Hall
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumnus
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center
I puritani Production Sponsors
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