In celebration of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, WQXR presents a special preview of the Caramoor Summer Music Festival’s annual "Bel Canto at Caramoor" series. The event, which took place Tuesday, June 18 can be seen below.
WQXR's Naomi Lewin speaks with Caramoor's director of opera, Will Crutchfield about the programming and soprano Angela Meade, tenor Noah Baetge, baritone Marco Nisticò and bass-baritone Burak Bilgili perform selections representing Giuseppe Verdi's years in Paris.
The program includes rarely-heard songs as well as duets and arias from Les vôpres siciliennes in their original French, highlighting the influence of the time Verdi spent in Paris on his music. The composer's long association with the city yielded some of his most significant contributions to opera.