Part of Perth Festival of the Arts
English Touring Opera
A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini's greatest operas - his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks.John Andrewswill conduct the fullETOorchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini'sOtello(including his melting'Willow Song'),La donna del lago(a Walter Scott feast),Maometto II(the most testing of them all),Elisabetta(the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) andErmione.
"I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential place in the history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always impressed me. He took opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice: he completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbiere to Il viaggio a Reims through Cenerentola, he created an irresistible style - but I am also sensitive to his serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given sorarely."
Sung in Italian
Running time 2 hours including the interval
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