Bellini's I Puritani

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Olga Peretyatko in her Met debut as Elvira in Bellini's 'I Puritani.' Olga Peretyatko in her Met debut as Elvira in Bellini's "I Puritani." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

This Saturday at 1 pm the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani starring Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko as Elvira and American tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Arturo.  

The story takes place during the English Civil War and the reign of the Stuart family. Elvira (played by Peretyatko, in her Met debut) is betrothed to Riccardo (Mariusz Kwiecien), a Puritan colonel she does not love. Rather, Elvira loves the Stuart sympathizer, Arturo (Brownlee). Despite Arturo's political leanings, Elvira convinces her father to let her marry him. All is well, until Arturo flees with a mysterious woman!

Italian bass-baritone Michele Pertusi, who recently played Rodolfo in La Sonnambula, also stars in this 1976 production by Sandro Sequi.


Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Elvira: Olga Peretyatko
Arturo: Lawrence Brownlee
Riccardo: Mariusz Kwiecien
Giorgio: Michele Pertusi

Comments [16]

kas dalaly from bloom field

hope see it in Michigan ONE DAY I would love IT

May. 04 2014 09:04 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Lee, I very much love Bellini's music. His music was like holy water that was dipped into. Chopin, Wagner, yes Wagner. I am entitled to not like I Puritani and sorry that some people were insulted. I insulted the opera not the listeners. I would never insult fellow music lovers as we have too much in common. As for Bach, that month long broadcast that QXR did recently was arrogant on their part. I was not nasty on that one. Bach should be a condiment and not the main meal. I am glad, however, that I stirred things up a bit. Do not be so sensitive folks. While we are at it folks, does anyone know what has happened to Mr. Fischbein and Mr. Eisenberg?
CBC: Si, noi contro il mondo. Tante belle cose.

May. 04 2014 07:37 AM

Ms. Nardone is neither nasty nor arrogant nor harsh. She speaks from her heart amd probably knows more about opera than most of us. Beduzza, tu e me contra il mondo. VIVA>

May. 03 2014 09:56 PM
Lee from Manhattan

I came to see if anyone enjoys this composer like I do, and wasn't surprised to find a comment like the one discussed below. Ms. Nardone, maybe you learned a lesson today about how some might react to your nasty comments? Your remarks about Bach have been just as harsh and arrogant.

May. 03 2014 08:49 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well. I really did not mean to hurt anyone's feelings. Sometimes I get carried away. I think I was angry that Norma was not broadcast rather than Puritani. Would have liked to hear different singers in Norma. Enjoy the summer. Do not know if I will be around when the new season gets around. I am old and do not know what is written in my book. Some other commentators to the QXR site have not been heard from, such as Charles Fischbein and Larry Eisenberg. I hope they are well.
Tante belle cose.

May. 03 2014 06:53 PM
Steve from California

Opinions are like everything else, everyone has one, somewhere, good or bad right or wrong and they come and go. But, " long as men can breathe and..," ears can hear, "and eyes can see, so long lives this and this gives life to thee."
And it will live on in Norma and I Puritani, and in the Met and bel canto performers worthy of the Met.
We all love Maria Callas but the great Diva could not make it to the Met today.
Opera takes as much concentration to every note of the orchestra and the singers as one may give. Otherwise the performance today would have fallen on deaf minds that have stopped expanding the boundries of Knowledge. Just think of what is lost in all the amazing arias not to mention the duet finale of Brownlee and Peretyatko!

May. 03 2014 06:01 PM

CBC Hope u r well. it seem so from yr postings. I agree with u. La divina in NORMA I have all 3 recordings she made in '55; one the La Scala b'cast, one the RAI concert perf, & then the commercial one. NOW THAT'S SINGING.

May. 03 2014 04:11 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Ms.Marshallin, did not mean to insult anyone just the opera in question.

May. 03 2014 03:44 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

I am not insulting, I am honest. Don't be so sensitive. People are so afraid of being critical about works of art. While I am at it, I think the statue of David is vulgar, so there. I am insulted that the Metropolitan Opera insisted on broadcasting this so-called masterpiece rather than Norma. Ok it is not a dog, no insults to dogs which I love. No, I am not a composer so don't think you can insult me with that one. I would survive a lecture all about Naples, its history, poets and songwriters. It would be a hoot. But directors of opera companies should not be wasting money on neglected masterpieces that deserve to be neglected like this one. That is their job. It is not my calling to write operas, my talent is cooking, writing, historian, raconteur, bon vivant, old scold and nasty old woman, nasty not bitter. I am having fun with these kerfufels. And I am glad I riled up some oh so ladida people.

May. 03 2014 03:41 PM
The Marschallin from Manhattan

I am with ardath bey...My mother taught me half a century ago that we have the right not to like something, or somebody, but not the right to be insulting,which insults not only what is disliked, but also all those who did not share the sentiment!

May. 03 2014 03:01 PM

why don't you write yourself the music for Cromwell instead of calling I Puritani a "dog"? The opera's masterwork of melody and vocal writing. I'd like to see what you'd come up with, would it survive opening night at the YMCA? ;)

The only problem with I Puritani is that it needs superb singers to work, not sophomores like Brownlee and Olga. Not asking for Sutherland and Kraus, but at least Florez and Pretty Yende or Jessica Pratt.

May. 03 2014 02:06 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Cromwell was the leader of the English/Taliban and after he died, his body was dug up and beheaded. That would make an interesting opera. As for this opera, yeah, some of the music is nice but boring. I am listening whilst cooking. BUT the trouble with this opera is that Bellini wrote Norma, a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

May. 03 2014 01:36 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

What has happened to Charles Fischbein and Larry Eisenberg?

May. 03 2014 11:07 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Qui la voce suave is OK. Not enough to make me listen for her to go bonkers.

May. 03 2014 10:03 AM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Beduzzo Cavanaugh, hope you are well. Enjoy the summer. I will not be listening to this dog this afternoon. Norma was not broadcast this season. Thank God for my cd of LaDivina Callas singing.

May. 03 2014 07:02 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

We did not get a broadcast for Norma this season but instead will be getting this dog. Woof woof.

May. 02 2014 07:23 AM

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