When Bellini moved from Italy to France in 1833, and after observing the musical scene in Paris, he declared that French composers and audiences had "little understanding of real song." He apparently decided to remedy that.
"I Puritani" is Bellini's first opera for Paris and the last opera he composed before his death at age 33. He said that he devoted "indescribable care" care to "I Puritani," and the opera features a lengthy string of Bellini's finest numbers.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents a production of "I Puritani" from the Vienna State Opera. It features a stand-out performance by soprano Olga Peretyatko in the high-flying role of Elvira, a young Puritan woman who falls for a Royalist cavalier, with tenor John Tessier as her beloved, Arturo.
Elvira: Olga Peretyatko (soprano)
Arturo: John Tessier (tenor)
Giorgio: Jongmin Park (bass)
Riccardo: Carlos Alvarez (baritone)
Walton: Sorin Coliban (bass)
Queen Henrietta: Ilseyar Khayrullova (mezzo-soprano)
Bruno: Carlos Osuna (tenor)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Marco Armiliato, conductor