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Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Luca Pisaroni Plays Title Role of Rossini Rarity Maometto II in Santa Fe

Luca Pisaroni has already had a banner year, including his universally praised debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo (“terrific,” according to the Huffington Post) and a recital of Schubert and Liszt at Lincoln Center (which the New York Times lauded for his “keen dramatic instincts”). This summer, Pisaroni will carry the title role in Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of the new critical edition of Rossini’s Maometto II (July 14-August 16). He will also perform in concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in July.

Rossini’s Maometto II, a love story set against a backdrop of the Venetian colony of Negroponte, includes some show-stopping coloratura arias. See this YouTube interview for Pisaroni’s thoughts on the opera’s “very relevant” story for today, as it tells of an impossible love set amid struggles between the worlds of Christianity and Islam. He also talks about how “incredibly challenging vocally” the role of Maometto II is – and how his “jaw dropped to the floor” when he saw Samuel Ramey sing it at La Scala in 1994, which sparked Pisaroni’s desire to take up the part someday. Directed by David Alden, the Santa Fe Opera production of Maometto II (July 14-August 16) will see Pisaroni sing alongside Leah Crocetto (Anna) and Patricia Bardon (Calbo).

Luca Pisaroni: upcoming engagements

July 14, 18, 27; August 2, 7, 16

Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Opera

Rossini: Maometto II (Maometto II) – world premiere of new critical edition

Frédéric Chaslin, conductor

David Alden, director


July 21

Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

J.S. Bach: Cantatas “Amore traditore” (BWV 203) and “Ich habe genug” (BWV 82)

Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord


July 22, 23

Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Schubert: Four songs from Schwanengesang: “Der Atlas,” “Aufenthalt,” “Ihr Bild,” “In der Ferne”

Jon Kimura Parker, piano


August 4

Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Opera

Gala Concert

With Susan Graham & Friends



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