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May 15, 2021

Opera House concludes Verdi season

Also on Friday the Bucharest National Opera hosts the event premiere of one of Verdi’s highly underrated works, “I Due Foscari.” The show concludes a whole month of events marking 110 years since the famous composer’s death. Special guest will be internationally acclaimed baritone Eduard Tumagian, as Fran­ces­co Foscari. Opera regulars Hector Lopez, Mihnea Lamatic and Mariana Colpos will also feature while the orchestra will be helmed by Moldovan conductor Iurie Florea. ‘I Due Foscari’ is an opera in three acts based on a historical play by Lord Byron. As a subject, Verdi had been considering the Byron play as early as 1843, but, when it was offered to La Fenice in Venice, it was deemed unsuitable because parts of it criticized the actions of the Venetian Republic. The first performances were given in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre in April1847. In the US, the opera was first presented in Boston on May the same year. In mo­dern times Foscari has received occasional productions. The Royal Opera House presented the opera in June 1995 with Vladimir Chernov and June An­derson in the major roles while Florida’s Sara­sota Opera included it in March 2008 as part of its “Verdi Cycle”. Also, concert opera performances have been common. The Opera Orchestra of New York has presented concert versions three times.

Venue: National Opera House

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