Opera and Ballet 2018-2019
The first performance in modern times of an opera and a composer that warrant rediscovery. Admired by Chopin and Berlioz, Agnese by Paer conquered theatres all over Europe and the world in only a few years, in the same period that Rossini’s fame was growing. Great emotion and entertainment together with splendid music.
The phenomenon of sleepwalking and insanity in general is, in opera, a way to exalt vocal virtuosity. Bellini excels in radiating with his lyric style the tender and hard-won love between the protagonists, whom he entrusts with enchanting music.
Love and jealousy raised to the highest power by the music of Pietro Mascagni, who in 1890 began his career unexpectedly by winning the Sonzogno composers’ competition, being acclaimed as the “new Italian maestro”, after Verdi, thanks to this opera, based on a story by Verga.
Defying the censorship of the time like never before, Verdi stages a drama full of humanity, bringing to life a unique figure in the world of opera. A tragedy that brutally underscores the love of a father for his daughter which is crushed by the cynicism of society.
Everyone knows Summertime, but few know that it is one of the wonderful songs of this “folk opera” with which Gershwin ended prematurely his career. Aspects of jazz, spirituals, musicals and theatre are the ingredients of the greatest American opera of the twentieth century, an authentic cross-section of Afro-American life.