Daniele Rustioni Conducts Verdi's 'Stiffelio' from Venice
Thursday, May 05, 2016
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