Naples' San Carlo Theatre Co. embarks on world tour
Rare performance marking bicentennial of Verdi in U.S.18 September, 16:39
The Teatro di San Carlo, which was founded in Naples in 1737 and is Europe's oldest, continuously active venue for public opera, begins its worldwide tour in the Sultanate of Oman, one of the first times the opera company has travelled to the Middle East.
From there, San Carlo will travel to the Russian city of St. Petersburg before flying on to the West Coast of the United States for performances in San Francisco.
The Naples company's tour opened last Saturday at Oman's Royal Opera House Muscat, which began its 2013/2014 season with Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
The performance included such artists as Juan Francisco Gatell singing the role of Count Almaviva; Filippo Polinelli as Bartolo; Géraldine Chauvet taking on the role of Rosina; while Figaro was performed by Simone Alberghini; and Roberto Scandiuzzi was Basilio.
Performances of Barber of Seville continued Monday and Wednesday, while a separate presentation is scheduled for Thursday of works by another of Italy's best-known composers of the Romantic era: Giuseppe Verdi who lived and worked during the 19th century.
That program – a tribute to Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth in 1813 - includes highlights of the Italian composer's works, including arias, ensemble works, and choruses from his greatest operas including Rigoletto, Macbeth, Don Carlo, and Otello.
The concert will be led by German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing, who is working with a group of acclaimed musicians such as Anna Pirozzi, Lianna Haroutounian, Gladys Rossi, Olesya Petrova, Katarina Nikolic, Gianluca Terranova, Rubens Pellizzari, Roberto Scandiuzzi and Vladimir Stoyanov.
From Oman, the San Carlo company will travel to Russia where on Sept. 25 and 26 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St.
Petersburg, the production 'Carmina Burana' by Carl Orff will be presented. The production, which debuted in July in Naples, includes performances by the San Carlo Corps de Ballet based on choreography by Chinese ballet-master Shen Wei, who also produced the visual concept, set, costumes and lighting design. From Russia, the San Carlo troupe will travel to the US where, on October 25, it will join forces with the San Francisco Opera in a program dubbed The Night of Two Bays - referring to the cities of Naples and San Francisco which are each located on famous ocean bays.
Led by Nicola Luisotti – who is both music director of the Teatro di San Carlo as well music director of the San Francisco Opera - the double chorus and orchestras will perform Verdi's Requiem.
The event is designed to mark both the bicentennial of the composer's birth and in the "Year of Italian Culture in the United States".