I puritani

February 04. 2018 - February 28. 2018

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February 04. 2018 - February 28. 2018

I puritani


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.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes with 2 intermissions
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini

EMI recording — Caballé, Kraus, Manuguerra, Ferrin, cond. Muti. Courtesy of Warner Classics.
Musical excerpts provided through a generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

“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

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

© 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.
A project of the Women’s Board


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

Program book

Go inside this production of I puritani with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet the artists

* Lyric Opera debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus

Lyric presentation of Bellini’s I Puritani generously made possible by

Donna Van Eekeren Foundation

Anonymous Donor

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

Photos: Todd Rosenberg