I Puritani New York – 2014 Concert Schedule
Showcasing some of the finest opera performers around, the treasured
opera I Puritani is coming to New York's Metropolitan Opera, and you don't want to miss a minute of this beautiful production.
Set during the English civil war in the 1640s, the land between the supporters of the Parliament and the Royalists has been
divided. Meanwhile, King Charles has been beheaded and Queen Enrichetta has escaped using a disguise. This love story set
during the violent conflict between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians stars Met newcomer Olga Peretyatko, alongside Lawrence
Brownlee, Michele Pertusi, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Tickets are available at StubHub now, so you can experience everything that
I Puritani has to offer.
About I Puritani New York
I Puritani is a three act opera by Vincenzo Bellini,
and was actually his last opera. The libretto is by Count Carlo Pepoli, which is based on Tetes rondes et Cavaliers by Jacques
Francois Ancelot and Joseph Xavier Saintine, taken from Walter Scott's novel Old Mortality. The opera was first produced at
the Theatre Italien in Paris on January 24, 1835. During this time, Bellini also composed an alternative version created for
the legendary Maria Malibran who was supposed to sing it in Naples, but she died and this special version did not see the
stage until 1986 at the Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari with Katia Ricciarelli.
Known for his melodic lines of long-flowing
songs, Vincenzo Bellini was nicknamed the "Swan of Catania," and he is considered the quintessential composer of bel canto
opera. Vincenzo Bellini's first opera was Adelson e Salvini, an opera "semiseria" that was presented to the Conservatory in
Naples at which he was studying. By May of 1826, Bellini had created his second opera, Bianca e Gernando, which debuted at
the Teatro San Carlo in May of 1826. This led to a commission for the opera to be presented at La Scala in Milan in 1827.
Il Pirata was his next opera, which was met with immediate success after its debut in 1827 in Milan. Bellini collaborated
with librettist Felice Romani and tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini at this time, which laid the groundwork for a fruitful working
relationship with both. Following the success of Il Pirata was his mega-successful opera La Straniera in 1828, which allowed
him to support himself fully by opera commissions.
Vincenzo Bellini's operas are all remarkable, and I Puritai is no
exception. With the infamous Act II mad scene and the musically rich pieces throughout the work, I Puritani offers some of
the best performances that a trip to the opera can provide. You and the audience will be whisked away to 17th century England,
as the beautiful love story plays out against the backdrop of the clashing Royalists and supporters of the Parliament. If
you've never been to an opera, a trip to see I Puritani is the perfect way to get acquainted with this brilliant form of art.
So grab your friends or your date and head over to the Met for one of the most stunning opera performances you've ever seen.
I Puritani New York Breakthrough
I Puritani has been performed countless times since its first debut in 1835.
Its became quite a sensation at the time, but legend has it that Heinrich Heine approached Bellini and remarked that he would
die a young death due to his musical genius. Bellini did in fact die shortly after the premiere of his masterpiece, just nine
moths later due to acute inflammation of the intestines. Since his death, I Puritani has continued to enchant audiences with
its star-crossed love story, and there have been numerous recordings of the opera, including performers like Joan Sutherland,
Pierre Duval, Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, John Relyea, Beverly Sills, Paul Plishka, Nicolai Gedda, and much
I Puritani New York Trivia
Did you know that I Puritani was Queen Victoria's favorite opera?
to it as "Dear Puritani," Queen Victoria's favorite opera was I Puritani, and it was the first opera that she attended with
Prince Albert before their marriage. The 2009 film The Young Victoria even includes a scene where Prince Albert and Victoria
discuss the opera, as well as a shot of her attending a performance.
This wartime love
story is set during the English Civil war in the mid 17th Century. This vivid and emotionally rich opera offers everything
that you'd expect from Bellini. With producer Sandro Sequi, set designer Ming Cho Lee, costume designer Peter J. Hall, and
lighting designer Gil Wechler, this opera is a feast for the senses, with stunning set design, beautiful costumes, and of
course, powerful vocal performances. To experience the splendor of I Puritani at the Metropolitan Opera, visit StubHub today
to get your tickets. But hurry – these I Puritani tickets are sure to go fast and you don't want to miss a minute of
this exciting production!