September 15, 2013 at 3pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall

Grand Tragic Opera in Five Acts by Richard Wagner after the novel Cola di Rienzi by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Conducted in concert by Gil Rose

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Wagner’s Rienzi, his first successful stage work, was inspired by the legendary fourteenth-century Roman Tribune Cola di Rienzo, who gained power through a revolt against the entrenched nobility. The opera traces the protagonist’s predictable journey from liberator to absolutism and to despotism and downfall.


Kristian Benedikt … Rienzi
Elisabete Matos … Irene
Margaret Jane Wray … Adriano Colonna
Kristopher Irmiter … Kardinal Orvieto
David Kravitz … Paolo Orsini
Stephen Salters … Steffano Colonna
Ethan Bremner … Baroncelli
Robert Honeysucker … Cecco del Vecchio
Christina English … Messenger of Peace
Frank Kelley … Herald

Odyssey Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Lorelei Ensemble
Gil Rose, Conductor
Harris Ipock, Chorusmaster

Production Staff
Karin Hartmann Ludlow … Production Stage Manager
Veronica Haakonsen … Assistant Stage Manager
Carola Emrich-Fisher … German diction coach
Cori Ellison … Supertitle translator
Dan McGaha … Supertitle operator


Video Highlights


video by Kathy Wittman | Ball Square Films

Rienzi, non piano
New York Arts • September 24, 2013

Rienzi rocks Jordan Hall
The Hub Review • September 21, 2013

Odyssey Opera debuts with Wagner’s ‘Rienzi’
The Boston Globe • September 17, 2013

Odyssey Opera Raises the Bar
The Boston Musical Intelligencer • September 17, 2013

Fuse Opera Review: A Triumphant Bang of a “Rienzi” From Odyssey Opera
The Arts Fuse • September 17, 2013

New opera company launches with stirring five-hour Wagner odyssey
Boston Classical Review • September 16, 2013

Odyssey Opera makes a thrilling debut with Wagner’s ‘Rienzi’ • September 16, 2013

The Boston Conundrum
Opera News • September 2013

With A Bold Choice, Boston Upstart Steps Into The Risky Opera Business
WBUR’s The Artery • September 13, 2013

New Odyssey Opera company to present 5-hour Wagner’s ‘Rienzi’
The Boston Globe • September 12, 2013

Boston Opera? It’s Wicked Good, Says Odyssey Opera Founder
WQXR’s Operavore • September 12, 2013

Rienzi To Inaugurate New Opera Company
The Boston Musical Intelligencer • August 4, 2013