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Montemezzi - L'amore dei tre re

Penny Gore presents Opera Matinée - a rare chance to hear L'amore dei tre re (The Love of Three Kings), a tragic drama set in the Dark Ages by Italo Montemezzi. Premiered a hundred years ago at La Scala in Milan, the work soon became an international success, remaining in the repertoire until the end of the Second World War. After that its blend of lush Italian lyricism, its Wagnerian use of motifs and a subtle orchestration owing much to Debussy were deemed to be out of step with post war musical tastes. Recently however, the opera has enjoyed something of a revival, as seen in this Warsaw concert performance. Stand by for two spectacular love duets and, as the drama reaches fever pitch, a dramatic strangling by an enraged king.

The Opera Matinée is followed by orchestral music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrating another centenary with Polish connections, in this case that of the composer Witold Lutoslawski, whose one hundredth birthday would have been tomorrow.

Italo Montemezzi: L'amore dei tre re (tragic poem in 3 Acts)

2.30 - Act 2
3.15 - Act 3

Sara Jakubiak (soprano) ..... Fiora,
Eric Barry (tenor) ..... Avito,
David Pershall (baritone) ..... Manfredo,
Nikolai Didenko (bass) ..... Archibaldo,
Jorge Prego (tenor) ..... Flaminio,
Magdalena Dobrowolska (soprano) ..... Young Girl,
Anna Fijalkowska (mezzo-soprano) ..... Old Woman,
Tomasz Warmijak (tenor) ..... Youth,
Piotr Ronek (boy soprano),
Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus,
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)

Followed by

Lutoslawski: Concerto for cello and orchestra
Paul Watkins (cello),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Edward Gardner, conductor.

Lutoslawski: Chain 3
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Edward Gardner (conductor).

Release date:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 24 Jan 2013 14:00