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Rossini lovers are elated to listen to that Teatro Nuovo’s twice-postponed Maometto Secondo will lastly taken place subsequent week.

Previewing this long-awaited occasion, Chris’s Cache presents Le Siège de Corinthe, Maometto’s later French model, with Katia Ricciarelli, Martine Dupuy, Curtis Rayam and Ferruccio Furlanetto. As well as, please additionally uncover excerpts of Rita Shane’s solely Pamira in L’Assedio di Corinto; extra Rossini by Dupuy; plus Mosè in Egitto, one other severe work the composer additionally finally reworked for Paris, with Nicolai Ghiaurov, Rita Orlandi-Malaspina and Rusa Baldani.

The historical past of Maometto Secondo/Le Siège de Corinthe/L’Assedio di Corinto is much too difficult to enter right here. Maybe the pre-concert lecture earlier than subsequent week’s efficiency delve into among the particulars. Suffice it to say, Rossini cherished to repurpose his compositions. Like Maometto, Mosè in Egitto too would finally get changed into Moïse et Pharaon, ou Le passage de la Mer Rouge.

Those that know any of in the present day’s Siège music doubtless have Beverly Sills to thank. She carried out L’Assedio in a now-discredited version for each her La Scala and Met debuts. The Met carried out what it referred to as The Siege of Corinth 19 occasions between April 1975 and January 1976 and Sills carried out in eighteen of them, as did Shirley Verrett as Neocle.

For a single efficiency Sills and Verrett have been changed by Shane and Joann Grillo. The previous proved to be an everyday Sills substitute/cowl as she additionally crammed in for Sills on the Met in La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor. At this time, I’m providing a superb portion of Shane’s efficiency as Pamira; I discover it fairly thrilling and wouldn’t have been in any respect upset to have encountered her somewhat than Sills who by the mid-70s was not all the time singing in addition to she had.

Dupuy’s Met profession which consisted of simply 4 roles (in Offenbach, Massenet and Handel) doesn’t replicate her standing as a Rossini specialist. She not solely carried out Néoclès in in the present day’s Siège, but additionally Neocle in Assedio.

Along with Siège and the three works I’ve excerpted, she additionally sang roles in La Cenerentola, L’Italiana in Algeri, La Donna del Lago, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Comte Ory, Aureliano in Palmira Tancredi, and La Pietra del Paragone. Lella Cuberli, Dupuy’s mother in in the present day’s Semiramide excepts was a frequent collaborator: in addition they sang collectively in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Bianca e Falliero, and Donna del Lago

On Trove Thursday I launched into a challenge to assemble a chronology of the American Opera Society. The corporate opened its 1966-67 season with Mosè in Egitto, a piece it had beforehand offered eight years earlier with Boris Christoff making his New York debut within the title function. I don’t imagine a recording exists of the Christoff efficiency however fortunately somebody captured the later one with primetime Ghiaurov as Mosè.


Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe

Pamira: Katia Ricciarelli
Ismène: Eva Saurova
Néoclès: Martine Dupuy
Cléomène: Curtis Rayam
Mahomet II: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Hiéros: Jean-Philippe Courtis
Omar: Harry Peters

Conductor: Arnold Östman

Palais Garnier, Paris
15 November 1985

In-house recording

Rossini: L’Assedio di Corinto—exc.

Pamira: Rita Shane
Neocle: Joann Grillo
Maometto: Justino Díaz
Cleomene: Enrico Di Giuseppe

Conductor: Richard Woitach

Metropolitan Opera
5 January 1976

In-house recording

Rossini: Arias and duets from Adelaide di Borgogna, Bianca e Falliero & Semiramide

Martine Dupuy w. Lella Cuberli (Semiramide)

Assorted in-house recordings and broadcasts

Rossini: Mosè in Egitto

Anaìde: Rita Orlandi-Malaspina
Sinaìde: Ruza Baldani
Maria: Beverly Evans
Mosè: Nicolai Ghiaurov
Faraone: Amin Feres
Aménofi: Luigi Ottolini
Elisero: Aldo Bertocci
Aufide: Salvadore Novoa
Osiride: Chester Watson

Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli

American Opera Society at Carnegie Corridor
28 October 1966

In-house recording

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Look ahead to extra Chris’s Cache in November!



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