Cavalli's 'Veremonda' from the Spoletto Festival

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Spoleto Festival USA presents 'Veremonda.' Spoleto Festival USA presents 'Veremonda.' (Julia Lynn Photography/Spoleto Festival USA)

This week on World of Opera, Lisa Simeone hosts a presentaion of Franceso Cavelli's 16th-century masterpiece Veremonda, l'amazzone di aragona, from Charlston's Spoleto Festival USA. 

Born in 1602, Cavalli was 5 years old when Monteverdi's Orfeo premiered. Though their careers overlapped, nearly 30 of Cavalli's operas survive, while only three of Monteverdi's are still intact. 

Veremonda takes up a popular theme of the time: the conflict between Europeans and Moors. In the midst of this antagonism rises a love affair. Meanwhile, Veremonda, the Queen of Aragon, would rather join the war effort with her amazons than stay safely within the castle war. As she rides off to battle, she becomes aware of the elicit love affair between one of the Aragon generals and the Moorish queen. After much confusion, the Veremonda's army overtakes the moors and the lovers are united.


Veremonda: Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano)
Delio: Raffaele Pe (countertenor)
Vespina: Céline Ricci (mezzo-soprano)
Zelemina: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (soprano)
Zeriffo: Brian Downen (tenor)
King Alfonso: Andrey Nemzer (countertenor)
Roldano: Joseph Barron (bass-baritone)
Zaida: Matthew Maniaci (countertenor)
Don Buscone: Steven Cole (tenor)
Giacutte: Jason Budd (baritone)
Sergeant at Arms: Danielle Talamantes

New York Baroque Incorporated
Aaron Carpenè, conductor

Comments [3]

Franco from NY from NYC

Charleston, not Charlston.

Jun. 04 2016 05:07 PM
Jeffrey from Montclair, NJ

So why is the Munich Ballo playing instead of the Cavalli???

Jun. 02 2016 04:11 PM
Suzanne from New York

PLEASE correct the spelling of "Spoleto" in your headline.

You have it spelled correctly in the story.

Thank you.

Jun. 02 2016 09:17 AM

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