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February 25, 2021

Verdi’s Alzira, for the first time on Opera repertoire

The opera “Alzira”, created by composer Giuseppe Verdi, will be performed in a national premiere on Saturday, December 11, starting 6.30 pm, in the Yellow Foyer of the Bucharest National Opera (ONB). The performance, in its piano-accompanied version, is a production of ONB’s “Ludovic Spiess” Experimental Opera and Ballet Studio (SEOB) and is part of the “Opera Rara” project, which proposes to acquaint the public with masterpieces less frequently performed in opera houses in Romania and elsewhere. The lyrical tragedy “Alzira” was composed by Giuseppe Verdi based on a libretto signed by Salvadore Cammarano, an adaptation of Voltaire’s play, “Alzire, ou Les Américains”. It is an opera composed in the first half of Verdi’s artistic life, after “Oberto”, “Un giorno di regno”, “Nabucco”, “I Lombardi alla prima crociata”, “Ernani”, “I due Foscari” and “Giovanna d’Arco”. The story is set in Peru, in the mid-16th century. Verdi depicts the tensions arising from the violent encounter of two civilizations, equally strong, but extremely divergent in terms of culture, religion and traditions: Spain and Peru. In the realm of human emotions, this encounter takes the form of love, jealousy, revenge and atonement.

After its premiere at the Teatro San Carlo (Naples, Italy), on August 12, 1845, the opera was presented three times, then sunk into oblivion, until 1967, when it was revived in a spectacular production at the Teatro di Opera in Rome, with Virginia Zeani in the title role. Another great Romanian soprano, Ileana Cotrubas, took on Alzira’s part and a celebrated recording of her performance, dating from 1989, endures. The Romanian public will have the chance to listen for the first time to a live presentation of “Alzira”, accompanied by pianist Luminita Berariu and graced with the presence of soloists Iordache Basalic (Gusmano), Liviu Indricau (Otumbo, Ovando), Hector Lopez (Zamoro), Marius Bolos (Ataliba), Mihaela Stanciu (Alzira), Sorana Negrea (Zuma), Dan Indricau (Alvaro). The host for the night: Anda Tabacaru Hogea, ONB informs.

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