Il Pirata
22 & 24 February 2019
Concerts Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève

Il Pirata

Opera seria in 2 acts by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto by Felice Romani based on Bertram, ou le Pirate by Charles Nodier and Isidore Justin Séverin Taylor. First performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 27 October 1827. 

Concert version

Sung in Italian with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx. 2h50 (with one intermission)

First performed in Milan on 27th October, 1827, Il Pirata marks the beginning of the remarkable career of Vincenzo Bellini - two of whose other major operas have featured recently in the programmation of the Grand Théâtre - I Capuletti e i Montecchi (2014-15) and Norma (2016-17). Il Pirata is too rarely heard, yet it contains so many wonderful pages that tell a tragic story of love and intrigue. Imogene, in love and loved by Gualtero (Il PIrata), must marry Ernesto (the Sicilian Duke of Caldora) to save her father. Ten years later Gualriero returns by default having been shipwrecked and then saved by Imogene and the villagers. Ernesto inevitably learns of his return and the two fight; Ernesto is killed, and Guiltiero condemned to the gallows for his murder. Imogene does not cope well as a helpless bystander of too many lives ruined by the conflict of love and patronage. The pirata is a delicate and violent score. In the role of Ernesto, Franco Vassallo returns to his Belcantist roots. The tenor in love will be embodied by the valiant Michael Spyres and the exceptional talent of Roberta Mantegna, in Imogene, will take us where Maria Callas was able to triumph.

Musical Director Daniele Callegari
Ernesto Franco Vassallo
ImogeneRoberta Mantegna
GualtieroMichael Spyres
Itulbo Kim Hun
Goffredo Roberto Scandiuzzi
Adele Alexandra Dobos Rodriguez
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge  
Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana   
*Lauréate du Concours Vincenzo Bellini, Roberta Mantegna remplace la soprano Marina Rebeka souffrante pour le rôle d'Imogene qu'elle a interprété avec succès à la Scala de Milan en alternance avec Sonya Yoncheva en juin et juillet 2018.
Feb 2019
Friday 22 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 24 |  3 pm

Performances take place at the Place de Neuve.