The production of Les vêpres siciliennes on July 6 features soprano Angela Meade returning as Hélène after her triumphant Caramoor debut performance in 2009’s Semiramide—named “best-of-the-
The presentation of Don Carlos on July 20 will be the four-act version that Verdi reworked directly with Camille du Locle, one of the two librettists. The pair created French verses for the newly added music and subsequently published the version in French. The cast features soprano Jennifer Check, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, tenor Arnold Rutkowski, baritone Stephen Powell, bass Christophoros Stamboglis, and bassSamuel Ramey.
Both operas will be performed uncut; Les vêpres siciliennes will include the rarely-heard tenor aria Verdi composed for the 1864 revival of the opera.
"Verdi in Paris" is framed by two special concerts, both featuring members of Caramoor's prestigious Bel Canto Young Artists program. For the first program, "The Intimate Verdi - Vocal and Instrumental Chamber Music" on June 27, they are joined by soprano Angela Meade. For the second, they present an important and neglected part of Verdi's legacy: "Verdi - The Complete Songs for Voice and Piano" on July 25.
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VERDI’S BICENTENIAL CELEBRATION AT CARAMOOR
SATURDAY, JULY 6 AT 7:30PM IN THE VENETIAN THEATER
LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES BY GIUSEPPE VERDI
ANGELA MEADE, SOPRANO (HÉLÈNE)
JOHN OSBORN, TENOR (HENRI)
MARCO NISTICÓ, BARITONE (MONFORT)
BURAK BILGILI, BASS (PROCIDA)
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S
WILL CRUTCHFIELD, CONDUCTOR
PRE-OPERA EVENTS: LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES
During the afternoon prior to the performance, beginning at 2:30PM, all ticket-holders may attend a selection of lectures and recitals along with the chance to picnic in Caramoor’s famous gardens.
PRE-OPERA EVENTS: DON CARLOS
During the afternoon prior to the performance, beginning at 2:30 PM, all ticket-holders may attend a selection of lectures and recitals along with the chance to picnic in Caramoor’s famous gardens:
En decouvrant Don Carlos (Discovering Don Carlos)
One of the most dramatic events in the history of operatic scholarship was Andrew Porter's discovery, in 1967, that dozens of pages of unknown music by the mature Verdi could be recovered from orchestral parts preserved at the Paris Opera. Mr. Porter returns to Caramoor to tell the story of this adventure in a panel discussion on the rediscovery of Don Carlos with Philip Gossett and Will Crutchfield.
Pages inconnues (Unknown Pages)
Andrew Porter introduces the Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artists as they sing excerpts from the Don Carlos music Verdi later cut or revised – including some passages never before performed in public, such as a version of the last act that begins with Don Carlos (not Elisabeth) waiting alone at the Monastery of Yuste.
Schiller dans le musique (Schiller in Music)
Friedrich Schiller was the dramatist to whom Verdi turned to more often than any other for operatic subjects, and his visionary idealism inspired dozens of other composers as well. Caramoor delved into this body of works in 2011 (when another Schiller opera, Guillaume Tell, was on the bill). This performance returns to that theme with a fresh program, this time emphasizing the Verdian connection.
Pre-opera lecture: Andrew Porter introduces Don Carlos
JUNE 27 | THE INTIMATE VERDI – CHAMBER MUSIC AND VOCAL ENSEMBLES
ANGELA MEADE, SOPRANO; BEL CANTO AT CARAMOOR YOUNG ARTISTS
JULY 25 | VERDI – THE COMPLETE SONGS FOR VOICE AND PIANO
BEL CANTO AT CARAMOOR YOUNG ARTISTS