Plácido Domingo Stars in Verdi's 'The Two Foscari'

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Placido Domingo and Marina Poplavskaya star in Verdi's 'The Two Foscari' at LA Opera. Placido Domingo and Marina Poplavskaya star in Verdi's 'The Two Foscari' at LA Opera. (Robert Millard)

Saturday at 1 pm, Plácido Domingo and Francesco Meli star as father and son in Verdi's The Two Foscari, based on the play by Lord Byron. James Conlon conducts the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this production, which also features Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya. 

The opera begins as the doge, Francesco, is forced by the Venetian Council to address illegal dealings and accusations of murder lodged against his son, Jacopo. Despite the pleadings of Jacopo's wife, Lucrezia, the younger Foscari 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.  

Cast: 

Francesco Foscari: Plácido Domingo
Jacopo Foscari: Francesco Meli
Lucrezia Contarini: Marina Poplavskaya
Jacopo Loredano: Ievgen Orlov
Barbarigo: Ben Bliss
Pisana: Tracy Cox
Servant: Hunter Phillips

Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Conlon, conductor

Comments [4]

Peter Feldman from New York City

I Due Foscari is a good opera but the subject is very ugly. I recognized the name of Lucrezia Contarini because I visited once the Villa Contarini a very beautiful palace in the Veneto at Piazzola sul Brenta, near Vicenza and north from Padua. I recommend to visit Villa Contarini.
Peter Feldman

Jul. 30 2016 03:56 PM

Domingo does sound ghastly. Pure filth.

Jul. 30 2016 03:08 PM
Larry Eisenberg from New York City

Early Verdi is always a treat,
With nuggets of genius replete,
To my ears a pleasure
While listening at leisure,
A benison from head to feet.

Jul. 30 2016 01:26 PM
Jeffrey Dimmerman from Montclair, NJ

Isn't this a repeat? Same cast was broadcast in 2013 (or 2014?)!

Jul. 30 2016 09:14 AM

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