15 Apr 2018

ROSSINI: Semiramide

From Opera On Sunday, 6:00 pm on 15 April 2018
A scene from Semiramide

A scene from Semiramide Photo: Ken Howard/MetropolitanOpera

Sunday 15 April at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

Metropolitan Opera 2018 Season

ROSSINI: Semiramide

A tragedy set in ancient Babylon with a plot involving power struggles and dark romantic intrigue. Rossini provides astonishing vocal writing for the principals and chorus.

Queen Semiramide......  Angela Meade

Arsace.......................... Elizabeth DeShong

Idreno.......................... Javier Camarena

Assur........................... Ildar Abdrazakov

Oroe............................. Ryan Speedo Green

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Maurizio Benini (EBU)

Semiramide is the culmination of the Italian phase of Rossini’s monumental yet unusual career. He had already produced such immortal comedies as Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L’Italiana in Algeri, but in the early 19th century he was celebrated above all else for his tragedies—none more so than Semiramide.

For decades after its première, the opera swept through the music capitals of Europe and beyond, enthralling audiences with its urgent, transcendentally beautiful use of melody; undeniably exhilarating drama; and, most importantly, astonishing vocal displays.

A scene from Semiramide

A scene from Semiramide Photo: Ken Howard/MetropolitanOpera

Semiramide is set in ancient Babylon, now modern-day Iraq, a kingdom which flourished between the 18th and sixth centuries BC. While the opera does include a handful of local details for colour, including the legendary Hanging Gardens, Rossini and his librettist Rossi were more concerned with establishing a feeling of legend and wonder than presenting any true historical accuracy.

A scene from Semiramide

A scene from Semiramide Photo: Ken Howard/MetropolitanOpera

Synopsis of Semiramide

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