L’assedio di Calais

Gaetano Donizetti

October 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
October 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
Huntington Avenue Theatre

 

L’assedio di Calais (The Siege of Calais)

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano based on Luigi Marchionni’s play L’assedio di Calais

Sung in Italian with English titles

 

Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais (The Siege of Calais) focuses on the bleak wartime and tales of courage and self-sacrifice in Edward the III’s year-long Siege of Calais during the Hundred Years’ War. This rarely-heard Italian bel canto work has undeservedly been absent from the operatic stage but recent revivals have shown it to be a work of great beauty and poetry. Salvatore Cammarano wrote the Italian libretto, which has been described as “…a remarkable libretto, the closest Cammarano ever got to real poetry, particularly in his description of the embattled city and the heartfelt pride of its citizens”

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Cast and Creative

James Westman
James Westman
Eustachio de Saint-Pierre, Mayor of Calais

Magda Gartner
Magda Gartner
Aurelio, his son

Lucia Cesaroni
Lucia Cesaroni
Eleanora

Neal Ferreira
Neal Ferreira
Giovanni d’Aire, burgher

Alan Schneider
Alan Schneider
Giacomo de Wisants, burgher

James Demler
James Demler
Pietro de Wisants, burgher

Christopher Carbin
Christopher Carbin
Armando, burgher

John Allen Nelson
John Allen Nelson
Eduardo III, King of England

Sumner Thompson
Sumner Thompson
Edmundo, English General

Gil Rose
Gil Rose
Conductor