Verdi’s I Masnadieri from Montpellier, France

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Giuseppe Verdi’s lesser-known opera I Masnadieri, about doomed romance and a wealthy crook who seems to get away with murder, is a hot-blooded, somewhat messy affair. Yet the opera features an array brilliant musical numbers, including arias tailored for its first leading lady, the legendary soprano Jenny Lind.

This production of I Masnadieri comes from the Montpellier Festival in France. The stars are soprano Olga Mykytenko and tenor Alfred Kim as a pair of lovers whose dysfunctional family life makes their romance more than a little bit hazardous. Antonino Fogliani conducts.

Cast:

Conductor: Antonino Fogliani

Amalia: Olga Mykytenko (soprano)

Carlo: Alfred Kim (tenor)

Francesco: Nicola Alaimo (baritone)

Count Moor: Ruben Amoretti (bass)

Arminio: Lorenzo Caròla (tenor)

Rolla: Franck Bard (tenor)

Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon National Orchestra

Latvian Radio Chorus

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