I Puritani Opera

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I Puritani Opera

I Puritani Opera Synopsis

  1. I puritani centers on a family (Lord Walton and his daughter Elvira) that is stuck in this divided world where their allegiances are on one side, and Arturo, Elvira’s boyfriend, is on the other. The opera keenly presents a situation with people questioning allegiance,.
  2. I Puritani (Maria Callas La Scala 1953).

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Our Own JJ on this production:

Met Opera on Demand delivers instant access to more than 500 Met performances, including Live in HD videos, classic telecasts and radio broadcasts. Download the new iPad app to watch on your TV with Apple TV via AirPlay. Enjoy a free 7-day trial! Product Description Live from The Metropolitan Opera, international sensation Anna Netrebko sings Elvira Walton (and her famous mad scene) in I Puritani, a spectacular production revived especially for Ms. The stellar cast includes tenor Eric Cutler as Arturo, Franco Vassallo as Riccardo, and John Relyea as Giorgio. Vincenzo Bellini, I Puritani - Vien, diletto, e in ciel la luna! (Act 2)The Metropolitan Opera, 2007; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Patrick Summers), Choru.

The raison d’être of this revival, Anna Netrebko, brings to the role of Elvira a haunting lyric soprano, innate glamour, and a strong instinct for the stage. What she lacks is technical polish, specifically the ability to articulate quick coloratura passages. This serious weakness was likely exacerbated by insufficient preparation. “Puritani” is her fourth new opera role this year.

As such, Netrebko’s Elvira cannot be called an unqualified success; but there is more to opera than vocal technique. Netrebko delivered a performance that won both loud ovations and the far more rare accolade of rapt, silent attention from the Met audience. Her graceful stage presence and unforced pathos helped immensely, but what really made the evening work was the soprano’s ability to shape the long Bellini phrases into expressive paragraphs. Anna Netrebko may or may not keep “Puritani” in her repertoire, but whatever she sings will be well worth hearing.

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