Jacopo Foroni's Cristina, Queen of Sweden, in a performance from Wexford Festival Opera.
Today's Opera Matinee is a rare chance to hear Jacopo Foroni's Cristina, Queen of Sweden in a performance from Wexford Festival Opera. An Italian composer who settled in Sweden, Foroni perhaps could have been as famous as his fellow bel-canto Italian composers had he not died early from the plague in 1858. The opera tells of the tumultuous life of Queen Christina of Sweden who caused a scandal by abdicating and converting to Catholicism, along with having a secret affair with her cousin.
Presented by Katie Derham.
Jacopo Foroni: Cristina, regina di Svezia, opera in five parts and three acts
Cristina ....Helena Dix (soprano),
Gabriele de la Gardie ....John Bellemer (tenor),
Maria Eufrosina.... Lucia Cirillo (mezzo-soprano),
Axel Oxenstierna ....David Stout (bass),
Erik ....Patrick Hyland (tenor),
Carlo Gustavo.... Igor Golovatenko (baritone),
Johan.... Daniel Szeili (tenor),
Wexford Opera Chorus
Wexford Opera Orchestra
Andrew Greenwood (conductor)
Mackenzie: The Little Minister - overture from the incidental music
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Rumon Gamba (conductor).