Bellini's 'The Capulets and the Montagues' From Venice

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bellini's 'The Capulets and the Montagues' from La Fenice in Venice. Bellini's 'The Capulets and the Montagues' from La Fenice in Venice. (Michele Crosera)

Vincenzo Bellini's take on the Romeo and Juliet story is unusual in that it's not primarily based on Shakespeare's tragedy, instead, it's deriving from an Italian novella. "The Capulets and the Montagues" was a runaway hit at its premiere, causing Bellini to dub the drama "Zaira's revenge," as much of its music was recycled from his opera "Zaira," which had failed less than a year earlier.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Bellini's "The Capulets and the Montagues" from the same theater that staged the opera's world premiere in 1830, La Fenice in Venice. The stars are soprano Jessica Pratt as Juliet, and mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi as Romeo -- one of the last major "trouser" roles ever composed, and one of the best. The production is led by conductor Omer Meir Wellber.

Cast:

Juliet :Jessica Pratt (soprano)
Romeo: Sonia Ganassi (mezzo-soprano)
Tebaldo: Karl Rombo (tenor)
Lorenzo: Luca Dall'Amico (bass)
Capulet: Rubén Amoretti (bass)

La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor

Comments [2]

Two thumbs up, Les, I had the same reaction to that statement. My mind went straight to Octavian. Must confess I would not have thought of Cendrillon. But kudos all the same.

Ellen

May. 14 2015 10:07 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

I take issue with the statement that Bellini's Romeo is one of the last major trouser roles ever composed. What about Prince Orlofsky in Strauss, Jr. "Die Fledermaus", Ha"nsel in Humperdincki's "Ha"nsel und Gretel", Octavian in R. Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" and Prince Charming in Massenet's "Cendrillon"? Then there's Oscar in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", and while admittedly not a major role, it's a pivotal one.

May. 14 2015 09:20 AM

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