Verdi's Ernani

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Considered one of the most stirring works of Verdi's early years, Ernani was a triumph at its Venice world premiere in 1844. Audiences are invariably captivated by the infectious energy of the music, which requires four principals boasting magnificent vocal beauty and technical prowess.

The macho yet romantic nobleman, Don Juan de Aragon, disguised as the bandit Ernani (tenor Marcello Giordani) loves the young, nobly born Elvira (soprano Angela Meade). She returns his love, but must endure the attentions of both the King of Spain, Don Carlo (baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky) and Don Ruy Gomez de Silva (bass Ferruccio Furlanetto), her aged uncle who hopes to marry her himself. Silva's protection of Ernani from the angry king's pursuits results in Ernani owing the old man a terrible debt, which precipitates the opera's tragic dénouement.

The busy Marco Armiliato conducts.


Elvira: Angela Meade
Ernani: Marcello Giordani
Don Carlo: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
de Silva: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Conductor: Marco Armiliato

Comments [11]

Concetta nardone from Nassau county

Thank you Mr. Tim.
It also happens that if I leave the computer unattended for 5 minutes or more, the QXR screen goes completely black with just the heading on and cannot retrieve the webpage. Must cancel out to something else.
Best wishes

Feb. 26 2012 07:42 AM
jan van werth from Connecticut

I share the bewilderment about Marcello Giordani (!)--he came in a distant fourth among the principals. The Russian baritone with the unpronounceable name walked away with the evening, to me--phantastic presence and charisma, not to mention the voice. The soprano was amazing, as a voice, but the close-ups favored by HD do not favor singers whose shape blatantly contradicts the role they are playing. And Ferruccio has been around for so long--it's like meeting a beloved relative at a family reunion. Oh, and I detest "papier mache realism" sets...

Feb. 25 2012 08:09 PM
Tim Taffe, Iowa City, from Iowa City

Attention: Concetta Nardone from Nassau county

You say you have trouble downloading WQXR?? Hello Friend. Me Too.

Ever since last year when they made some "Technical Improvements",

I have trouble holding the download, and when I am actually trying to work while I listen, the download just disconnects. They told me .."You are the only member having difficulties". But, Now I know it is me and Concetta Nardone! Gratzi Bella.. T2..ANYONE ELSE IN THIS POOL?

Feb. 25 2012 07:43 PM
Tim Taffe, Iowa City, HDTV from IOWA CITY HDTV

I have just returned from an enjoyable Saturday afternoon, NY Met at a local Iowa Shopping Center HDTV Movie House. I am a very big Marcello Giordano fan, but just could not understand his problem. Either he did not "have it" or his microphone was not hooked up. Every other cast member, and chorus were Solid..but Giordano just never seemed to get his beautiful full voice all the way out to Iowa!..How did Giordano sound LIVE at Lincoln Center?...More coments please.... T2

Feb. 25 2012 07:35 PM
concetta nardone

Mr. Maurice, I do know there is more than the one soprano aria. Read the libretto and score while listening a few times. Still have found very little. Early Verdi. Too much oomph pah pah. Interesting wedding night for Ernani. Furlantto sounded a little long in the tooth. Really like Mr. Eisenberg's poems. A real gift.

Feb. 25 2012 04:11 PM
larry eisenberg from new york city

Ernani and Verdi deserve
A Tenor with voice and with verve,
Giordani, poor lad,
Is off more than a tad,
As listeners will surely observe.

Feb. 25 2012 01:47 PM
maurice from New Mexico

If they think there is only one number in Ernani, one wonders if they ever heard a performance of Ernani all the way through. Non-stop brilliant music and pure Verdi.

Feb. 25 2012 12:58 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau County

Beduzza Cavanaugh,
Other than the Ernani Involami, I never was captured by it. Sometimes, I think opera fans are afraid to say they do not like something for fear of being thought of as not one of the cognoscenti(?). Looking forward to Aida but last time around I started a kerfufel for making snarky remarks about the large sized singers. As for a FORZA, you betcha. A real Spanish massacre with great music. Now I must go and foment revolution.
Best wishes

Feb. 25 2012 12:40 PM

I thought I was the only one who really didn't care for ERNANI. I'm in good company if this isn't one of your favorites. How about a good FORZA?

Feb. 25 2012 11:09 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

Greetings Beduzza Cavanaugh,
Hope you are well as well as all the listeners to today's broadcast. This is not one of my favorites but will listen whilst doing my thing today, such as cooking, paperwork, fomenting revolution. I seem to be having trouble downloading QXR and wonder if other listeners are having the same problem.
Best wishes to all

Feb. 25 2012 10:56 AM

Hi Beduzza! All who enjoy Ernani, should enjoy it today. I can't wait for AIDA to cause a rumble.

Feb. 25 2012 12:58 AM

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