Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia from Brussels

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Donizetti's <em>Lucrezia Borgia</em> from the Royal Theatre of the Mint in Brussels.

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The historical Lucrezia Borgia may actually have been a fine, upstanding citizen. But her popular reputation isn't so sunny and it's her legacy as a notorious poisoner that Donizetti exploits in an opera featuring a title role that's both brilliant and daunting.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Lucrezia Borgia from the Royal Theatre of the Mint — La Monnaie — in Brussels. Romanian soprano Elena Mosuc sings the daunting title role, with American tenor Charles Castronovo as Lucrezia's son Genarro, in a production led by conductor Julian Reynolds.

Cast:

Conductor: Julian Reynolds

Lucrezia Borgia: Elena Mosuc (soprano)

Genarro: Charles Castronovo (tenor)

Duke Alfonso: Paul Gay (bass)

Maffio Orsini: Silvia Tro Santafé (mezzo-soprano)

Rustighello: Carlo Bosi (tenor)

Liverotto: Roberto Covatta (tenor)

Gazella: Tijl Faveyts (bass)

Petrucci: Jean-Luc Ballestra (baritone)

Vitelozzo: Stefan Cifolelli (tenor)

La Monnaie Orchestra and Chorus