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GIOACHINO ROSSINI: Il Turco in Italia

Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

Week of November 26, 2016 

G. Rossini Symphony Orchestra
Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostino Chorus
Speranza Scappucci, conductor

CAST: Erwin Schrott (Selim); Olga Peretyatko (Fiorilla); Cecilia Molinari (Zaida); Nicola Alaimo (Geronio); René Barbera (Narciso); Pietro Spagnoli (Prosdocimo); Levy Sekgapane (Albazar)

With A Turk in Italy, Rossini turns the narrative tables on his own, more popular comedy, The Italian Girl in Algiers. This opera may be less familiar but it's every bit as funny.

FROMENTAL HALÉVY: La Juive

Lyon Opera

Week of December 3, 2016 

Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Daniele Rustioni, conductor 

CAST: Rachel Harnisch (Rachel); Nikolai Schukoff (Eléazar); Sabina Puértolas (Princess Eudoxie); Enea Scala (Leopold); Roberto Scandiuzzi (Cardinal Brogni); Vincent Le Texier (Ruggiero); Vincent Pavesi (Albert) 

Halévy's high-powered drama was launched at the Paris Opéra in 1835 -- during a highly-competitive era in French opera, when spectacle was the name of the game. The premiere of La Juive may have been the most extravagant opera production in history -- complete with lavish, period costuming and a phalanx of onstage equestrians.

JOHN ADAMS: El Niño

Spoleto Festival USA

Week of December 10, 2016

Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

CAST: Erica Brookhyser (Mezzo-Soprano); Daniel Bubeck (Countertenor 1); Brian Cummings (Countertenor 2); Caitlin Lynch (Soprano); Steven Rickards (Countertenor 3); Mark Walters (Baritone)

John Adams, describes El Niño as, “my way of trying to understand what is meant by a miracle." This sweeping setting of the Christmas story is both freshly contemporary and filled with ancient traditions, featuring medieval carolers, Latin American verse and an ethereal children's chorus.