Haydn's La Vera Costanza from Germany's Haydn Festival

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Augustusburg Castle in Brühl, Germany. The Augustusburg Castle in Brühl, Germany. (Xavier de Jauréguiberry/flickr)

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Though known today mainly as an instrumental composer, Joseph Haydn wrote a surprising number of operas, including his accomplished drama La Vera Costanza, the story of a determined young woman whose devotion to a secret marriage nearly leads to her tragic death.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents La Vera Costanza in a production from the 2013 Haydn Festival in Brühl, Germany, presented at the historic Augustusburg Castle. The stars are soprano Raffaella Milanesi and tenor Krystian Adam as the troubled couple Rosina and Errico, in a performance led by conductor Andreas Spering.

Cast:

Rosina: Raffaela Milanesi (soprano)

Errico: Krystian Adam (tenor)

Irene: Ana Maria Labin (soprano)

Lisetta: Hannah Morrison (soprano)

Ernesto: Colin Balzer (tenor)

Masino: Jan Kobow (tenor)

Villotto: Johannes Weisser (bass)

Capella Augustina

Andreas Spering, conductor

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