Cavalli's 'Veremonda' from the Spoletto Festival
Thursday, June 02, 2016
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
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Aaron Carpenè, conductor