Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Saturday 7 July, Tuesday 10 July, Friday 13 July, Monday 16 July, Wednesday 18 July, Friday 20 July.
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, based on the play Alzire, ou les Américains by Voltaire.
Performed in Italian, with English side-titles
A Buxton International Festival production with the Buxton Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra
Verdi’s Alzira completes our trilogy of early Verdi titles (following Giovanna d’Arco in 2015 and Macbeth in 2017), conducted by the Festival’s Artistic Director Stephen Barlow, and directed by internationally celebrated Verdi specialist Elijah Moshinsky. Alzira is set in 16th century Peru, where the love affair between two Peruvian natives, Zamoro and Alzira, is set against a fight for independence by the tribesmen against the Spanish rule of the conquistadors. . Alzira is very rarely performed. It is thoroughly exhilarating and shows Verdi full of the inspiration of youth and innovation, making it ripe for revival in the perfect setting of Buxton’s modestly proportioned Opera House.
7 July 2018
10 July 2018
13 July 2018
16 July 2018
18 July 2018
20 July 2018
Buxton Opera House