Perth Festival

17th - 26th May 2018
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ETO Rossini

Rossini's Greatest Arias - English Touring Opera

Friday 18th May

Perth Theatre, 19:30

Tickets: £15.00 - £25.00

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English Touring Opera

A concert of sparkling vocal displays

Conductor John Andrews

Tenor Luciano Botelho

Mezzo Catherine Carby

Tenor John-Colyn Gyeantey

Soprano Gillian Ramm

Soprano Elena Xanthoudakis


Sung in Italian and French with English surtitles
Running time: approx. 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)

Concert Programme
Act 1, Overture

Maometto II
Act 2, Trio: “In questi estremi istanti”
Act 1: Preghiera (“Giusto cielo”) and Scena (“Ahi, padre!”)
Act 2, Aria: “Non temer: d’un basso affetto”

Act 2: Gran scena

Act 2, Duet: “Ah vieni, nel tuo sangue”
Act 3, Aria: “The Willow Song”

Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra
Act 2, Scene: “Della cieca fortuna”, to “Deh! Scusa i trasporti”
Act 2, Aria: “Dov’è Matilde”
Act 2, Chorus: “Qui soffermiamo il piè”


A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini’s greatest operas – his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini’s Otello (including his melting ‘Willow Song’), La donna del lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione.

“I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential place in the history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always impressed me. He took opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice: he completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbiere to Il viaggio a Reims through Cenerentola, he created an irresistible style – but I am also sensitive to his serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given so rarely.”



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