Placido Domingo Stars in Verdi's 'Il Due Foscari'

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Placido Domingo poses at the Liceu Theater in Barcelona. Placido Domingo poses at the Liceu Theater in Barcelona. (Premsa Liceu/flickr/Flickr)

This week on World of Opera, Placido Domingo stars in Verdi's Il Due Foscari at the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona. Based on the life of a real 15th-century Venetian doge, Francesco Foscari, and his doomed son, Jacopo, the opera was inspired on Lord Byron's play outlining this tragic tale.

The opera begins as the doge, Francesco, is forced by the Venetian Council of 10 to address illegal dealings and accusations of murder lodged against Jacopo. Despite the pleadings of his wife, Lucrezia, Jacopo is imprisoned and sentenced to exile. Though another man eventually confesses to the murder, it is too late. Jacopo dies upon the ship bringing him to his exile in Crete. The tragedy strikes the already grieving Francesco, who is forced to step down from his position. Shortly thereafter, the elder Foscari dies of a broken heart. 

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


Francesco: Placido Domingo (baritone)
Lucrezia: Liudmyla Monastyrska (soprano) 
Jacopo: Achiles Machado (tenor)
Loredano: Raymond Aceto (bass)
Barbarigo: Josep Fadó (tenor)
Pisana: Maria Miró (mezzo-soprano) 

Grand Liceu Theater Orchestra and Chorus
Massimo Zanetti, conductor

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