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November 20, 2019
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Opera House celebrates Verdi’s work in month-long event

The January programme of the Bucharest National Opera will be dedicated to composer Giuseppe Verdi, as January 27 marks 110 years since his death. The great composer left behind an unparalleled body of work, which includes some of the most popular and appreciated operas, such as “La Traviata”, “Il Trovatore”, “Rigoletto”, “Nabucco” or “Aida”. The series of performances dedicated to Verdi opened on Saturday, January 8, with a presentation of “Rigoletto”, graced with the presence of a special guest: the tenor Robert Nagy, as The Duke. On Sunday, January 16, we are invited to watch one of the latest titles included in the ONB repertoire: “I due Foscari”, a lyrical tragedy composed by Giuseppe Verdi on a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on George Gordon Byron’s play. The aforementioned work was performed, in premiere, in Romania, in April 2010, in the Bucharest National Opera’s Yellow Foyer, in its piano concerto version, and music-lovers may now enjoy the opera version, in the Opera House’s grand hall. In the January 16 production, the public will have the chance of an encounter with the soprano Silvia Sorina Munteanu, making her debut as Lucrezia Contarini. The ONB soloists, choir and orchestra will be coordinated by conductor Iurie Florea. On Thursday, January 20, one of the most beloved operas, “La Traviata”, will be brought to life, once again, on the stage of the Bucharest Opera, in a cast which will bring together young and talented artists of ONB, under the baton of conductor Vlad Conta. Another popular opera signed by Giuseppe Verdi, “Nabucco”, will be presented to music-lovers on Saturday, January 22, in the anniversary concert dedicated to the bass Pompeiu Harastean. One day after January 27, the series of performances dedicated to the Italian composer will close with another presentation of “I due Foscari”. In the Friday, January 28, show, another special guest will be present on the ONB stage: the internationally-acclaimed baritone Eduard Tumangian, as Francesco Foscari.

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