Daniele Rustioni Conducts Verdi's 'Stiffelio' from Venice

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

'Stiffelio' is presented at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. 'Stiffelio' is presented at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. (Michele Crosera/Teatro La Fenice)

When Verdi's 1850 opera, Stiffelio, premiered, it was stifled by the censors. They found the story, based on the French play Le Pasteur about a Protestant minister who returns from a mission to his unfaithful wife and demands a divorce, too seamy for 19th-century Italian audiences.

Since the score was rediscovered in the 1960s, it has been considered among one of the composer's most gripping works, weaving together themes of piety, passion, honor and revenge. Lisa Simeone hosts this broadcast from Venice's La Fenice opera house featuring tenor Stefano Secco in the title role and Julianna Di Giacomo as his wife who is seduced. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

World of Opera airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.


Stiffelio: Stefano Secco, tenor
Lina: Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano
Stankar: Dimitri Platanias, baritone 
Raffaele: Francesco Marsiglia, tenor
Jorg: Simon Lim, bass
Dorotea: Sofia Koberidze, mezzo-soprano 
Federico: Cristiano Olivieri, tenor 

La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus
Daniele Rustioni, conductor

Comments [3]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Yeah, I remember Sharon Sweet. More like Sharon Fat. She was kneeling and could not get up. needed help.
Saw her in the Turandot production from Peking. Audience giggling.
I know, not a nice comment. Why does everyone have to be sweet and not say what is really on their mind.

May. 05 2016 02:22 PM
David from NY

Yes , Indeed . Saw it Twice . Also possibly with Leo Nucci , if I recall correctly , and the longest overture of any opera...Perdonata , as it was all summed up . A wonderful opera .

May. 05 2016 09:55 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

Metropolitan Opera regulars will recall this relative rarity in a production featuring Pla'cido Domingo and Sharon Sweet conducted by James Levine. Here's another chance to hear it in a legendary Verdi opera house.

May. 05 2016 08:54 AM

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