Coming Up on World of Opera
JOHN ADAMS: El Niño
Spoleto Festival USA
Week of December 24, 2016
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor
CAST: Erica Brookhyser (Mezzo-Soprano); Daniel Bubeck (Countertenor 1); Brian Cummings (Countertenor 2); Caitlin Lynch (Soprano); Steven Rickards (Countertenor 3); Mark Walters (Baritone)
John Adams, describes El Niño as, “my way of trying to understand what is meant by a miracle." This sweeping setting of the Christmas story is both freshly contemporary and filled with ancient traditions, featuring medieval carolers, Latin American verse and an ethereal children's chorus.
GIOACHINO ROSSINI: L'Italiana in Algeri
Florence Opera Theatre
Week of December 31, 2016
Florence Opera Theatre Orchestra and Chorus
CAST: Marianna Pizzolato (Isabella); Boyd Owen (Lindoro); Pietro Spagnoli (Mustafà); Omar Montanari (Taddeo); Damiana Mizzi (Elvira); Lamia Beuque (Zulma); Sergio Vitale (Haly)
This opera's story may be a little silly -- OK, more than a little -- and its cultural portrayals are outmoded in the extreme, to put it kindly. Yet nobody did wackiness better, more beautifully, or with a finer instinct for pure comedy than Rossini displays in this sparkling score.