Bellini’s Zaira from the Valle d'Itria Festival

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bellini's 'Zaira.' Bellini’s Zaira. (Valle d'Itria Festival)

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Vincenzo Bellini's fifth opera, Zaira, was the first of his scores to get a somewhat cool reception at its premiere. Still, its tragic, cross-cultural story has particular resonance in today's world. This production, from the Valle d'Itria Festival in Martina Franca, Italy, stars mezzo-soprano Anna Malavasi and baritone Simeone Alberghini, with soprano Saioa Hernandez in the title role.

Cast:

Conductor: Giacomo Sagripanti

Zaira: Saioa Hernandez (soprano)

Orosmane: Simone Alberghini (bass-baritone)

Nerestano: Anna Malavasi (mezzo-soprano)

Corasmino: Enea Scala (tenor)

Lusignano: Abramo Rosalen (bass)

Fatima: Michela Antenucci (soprano)

Castiglione: Matteo Falcier (tenor)

Piacenza Verdi Opera Chorus

International Orchestra, Italy

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