Wagner’s Rienzi from Madrid

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Richard Wagner's Rienzi is an early, grand opera, written before he launched his revolutionary journey into the world of "music drama" that we now think of as uniquely Wagnerian. The story is a deadly blend of piety and politics, set in 14th century Rome.

This production of Rienzi comes from the Teatro Real in Madrid, starring the acclaimed soprano Anja Kampe as Irene, and tenor Burkhard Fritz in the title role. And don't worry, while the original version clocks in at nearly five hours, this is a slimmed down version of the opera, tipping the scales at a little more than three hours.

Cast:

Conductor: Alejo Pérez

Rienzi: Burkhard Fritz (tenor)

Irene: Anja Kampe (soprano)

Adriano: Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)

Stefano: Stephen Milling (bass)

Paolo Orsini: Colonna James Rutherford (bass)

Raimondo: Fredemann Röhlig (bass)

Baroncelli: Jason Bridges (tenor)

Cecco del Vecchio: Carsten Wittmoser (bass)

Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus

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