Double Feature: Szymanowski's 'King Roger' and Rossini's 'L'Inganno Felice'
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Szymanowski is widely regarded as the most important Polish composer after Chopin. "King Roger" — portraying the inherent conflict between spiritual ideals and Dionysian pleasure —is often cited as a true, musical rarity, a genuine masterpiece unaccountably neglected. Also this week, from Venice, Teatro La Fenice presents a rarely-heard one-act gem by Rossini, "L'Inganno Felice."
"King Roger" comes to us this week in its first-ever production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Syzmanowksi's opera is a brief one, with its three acts totaling only about 80 minutes, and that leaves time for a bit of travel.
With Szymanowski's drama concluded, World of Opera host Lisa Simeone travels from London to historic La Fenice in Venice, for another rare gem. It's the clever, one-act farce "L'Inganno Felice" ("The Happy Deception") by Gioachino Rossini.
King Roger II: Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)
Isabella: Georgia Jarman (soprano)
The Shepherd: Saimir Pirgu (tenor)
Edrisi: Kim Begley (tenor)
Archbishop: Alan Ewing (bass)
Deaconess: Agnes Zwierko (mezzo-soprano)
Royal Opera House; Orchestra and Chorus
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Isabella: Marina Bucciarelli (soprano)
Bertrando: Giorgio Misseri (tenor)
Batone: Filippo Fontana (bass)
Tarabotto: Omar Montanari (baritone)
Ormndo: Marco Filippo Romano (baritone)
La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus
Stefano Montanari conductor