Franco Faccio’s 'Amleto' Performed by Opera Southwest Chorus

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Amleto performed by Opera Southwest Chorus (Lanz Ozier/OperaSouthwest Chorus)

Tune in to WQXR Saturday at 1pm to hear Opera Southwest Chorus' performance of Franco Faccio’s Amleto, conducted by Anthony Barrese.

Originally premiered in 1865 in Genoa and then performed in 1871 in Milan, Franco Faccio’s Amleto (Hamlet) was thought lost for over 135 years. Opera Southwest’s artistic director, Anthony Barrese, has spent nearly a decade in libraries and the Ricordi archives recovering the work from a microfilm of the composers autograph. This performance, recorded in the fall of 2014 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center – Journal Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the first performance of the work in over 143 years, and is the American premiere.

CAST:
Amleto (Hamlet, Prince of Denmark) - Alex Richardson
Claudio (Claudius, King of Denmark) - Shannon De Vine
Polonio (Polonius, Lord Chamberlain) - Matthew Curran
Orazio (Horatio, Amleto’s friend) - Joseph Hubbard
Marcello (Marcellus, a Sentry) - Paul Bower
Laerte (Laertes, Polonio’s son) - Javier Gonzalez
Ofelia (Ophelia, Polonio’s daughter) - Abla Lynn Hamza
Geltrude (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark) - Caroline Worra
Lo Spettro (the Ghost) - Jeff Beruan
Un Sacerdote (a Priest) - Paul Bower
Un Araldo (a Herald) - Jonathan Charles Tay
Il Re Gonzaga (King Gonzaga, an Actor) - Jonathan Charles Tay
La Regina (The Queen, an Actress) - Heather Youngquist
Luciano (Sir Luciano, an Actor) - Jeffrey Beruan
Primo Becchino (Gravedigger) - Matthew Curran

CONDUCTOR: Anthony Barrese
CHORUS: Opera Southwest Chorus
CHORUS MASTER: Paul Bower
Approx. Length: 3 hours

Comments [5]

Peter Feldman from New York City

This opera could not survive the competition and popularity of Hamlet by Thomas

Nov. 28 2015 04:02 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Very nice. Bravi tutti

Nov. 28 2015 02:45 PM
Nick from Tampa

I am writing this as I am listening to this rare opera. It is worthy of many performances. Congratulations to all that made this project possible.

Nov. 28 2015 02:11 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@Les: thanks for the info. I too am looking forward to hearing this
opera.

Nov. 28 2015 10:08 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

Here's what probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear an opera by a conductor chiefly known for conducting the premiere of Verdi's "Otello" and the Italian premiere of "Ai"da". I can't wait to hear it. There are also two in-depth background videos on Youtube called "The Amleto Project" and "Reconstructing a Lost Opera" with a wealth of information by conductor/composer Anthony Barrese.

Nov. 28 2015 07:02 AM

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