Thursday - Opera Matinee: Bellini's Il pirata
Bellini's Il pirata, recorded as part of the 2017 Bel Canto at Caramoor season at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in New York State, USA.
Penny Gore introduces a recording of Bellini's Il Pirata from the final Bel Canto at Caramoor season, held last summer in New York State, USA. Il Pirata was Bellini's breakthrough opera in Milan. It's a highly romantic tale of love and subterfuge set in 13th century Sicily, with a chorus of pirates or ladies-in-waiting never far away. Multiple award winning American soprano Angela Meade is the heroine Imogene, and Argentine bel canto tenor Santiago Ballerini is her beloved pirate chief Gualtiero.
Imogene ..... Angela Meade (soprano)
Gualtiero ..... Santiago Ballerini (tenor)
Ernesto ..... Harold Wilson (bass)
Itulbo ..... Sean Christensen (tenor)
Adele ..... Robyn Marie Lamp (soprano)
Goffredo ..... Joseph Beutel (bass-baritone)
Chorus of Caramoor's Bel Canto Young Artists
St. Luke's Orchestra
Will Crutchfield (Conductor)
Under the expert curation of Will Crutchfield, Bel Canto at Caramoor ran for twenty years at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in New York State, USA. As part of its final season last summer, the festival staged this performance of Il Pirata in the idyllic setting of Caramoor's Venetian Theatre, starring the festival's artist-in-residence, soprano Angela Meade.