NEXT ON THE CALENDAR: Verdi’s Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera

On Thursday, February 14th, Marcello Giordani will appear in the title role of Verdi’s Ernani for the second time at the Met, in a revival of the composer’s early masterpiece which brings together a spectacular cast that includes Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Carlo, Ferruccio Furlanetto as De Silva, and “rising star”, soprano Angela Meade, as Elvira, Ernani’s (and everybody else’s) love interest.

The Met’s production by Pier Luigi Samaritani first opened at the Met in November 1983 with Luciano Pavarotti in the title role, and was last performed on the Met stage in 2008. The 2008 revival marked Giordani’s debut in the challenging role of the Spanish bandit.

The opera, based on a High Romantic drama by Victor Hugo, is Verdi’s fifth opera and belongs, therefore, to Verdi’s “early” period. It is a perfect example of romantic melodrama, with all the elements of grand opera: a historically spectacular plot, strongly individualized and contrasting characters, and a complex action centered on personal conflicts and individual passions. Although it retains much of the bel canto style of Verdi’s early operas, it already presents characteristics of Verdi’s mature works anticipating, in both the orchestration and the vocal score, such masterpieces as Il Trovatore and Simon Boccanegra.

The role of the bandit and rebel Ernani, in love with a woman whom he must rescue from the clutches of two powerful rivals, requires a voice of heroic timbre, but capable of conveying the nuances of a complex personality, and of sustaining the tension of a complex and demanding role until the opera’s tragic end. “Marcello Giordani looked dashing in the title role and sang with gleaming tone …”, wrote the critic of the “Financial Times”; and, according to The New York Sun “…he died a very moving – and very musical – death.”

The performance of Ernani of February 25th with Marcello Giordani in the title role, will be transmitted live in HD to theaters in the US and around the world. Check the Met Opera website for a theater nearest to you.

Feb 14, 2012

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