Les Vêpres Siciliennes – Haroutounian, Hymel (Blu–ray)

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Les Vêpres Siciliennes – Haroutounian, Hymel (Blu–ray)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano
Lianna Haroutounian
Bryan Hymel
Erwin Schrott
Michael Volle
Orchestra: Royal Opera House
Label: Warner Classics
Language: French
Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish
Region: All regions
Run time: 182 mins.
Number of discs: 1 Blu-ray

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in Autumn 2013, this staging of Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes – and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director and Verdi specialist, Sir Antonio Pappano – went on to win the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.

Rather than telling a story of 13th century conflict between the Sicilians and their French oppressors, this production, transposed to the mid 19th century, provides a commentary on the extravagant world of Parisian opera with its politics, exploitation and betrayals.

Considered one of the most promising Verdians of her generation, the French-trained Armenian soprano, Lianna Haroutounian rises to all the challenges as the Duchess Hélène.

American tenor, Bryan Hymel portraying Henri, effortlessly navigates one of Verdi’s highest tenor roles; Guy de Montfort is sung by the imposing and charismatic baritone, Michael Volle and bass, Erwin Schrott gives a starry performance as the fanatical Procida.

The Observer praised the performance for its “exciting singing and top orchestral playing under the baton of that matchless Verdi devotee, Antonio Pappano.”


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