Giordano will sing the challenging tenor role of Arnold. Soprano Angela Maria Blasi plays the Duchess Mathilde; baritone Marco Chingari sings the title role.
Founded by conductor Eve Queler in 1971—William Tell opened the first Carnegie season—OONY is beloved by aficionados for its performances of opera in concert. It puts a particular emphasis on operatic rarities, and has introduced a number of prominent singers, including soprano Harolyn Blackwell and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, to New York audiences.
The remainder of the 2005-06 season includes Delibes' Lakm_ and Italo Montemezzi's 1914 L'amore dei tre re.
On February 26, 2006, soprano Eglise Gutierrez sings the title role in Lakm_; tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan is her lover G_rard. James Morris, whose history with OONY dates to its first season, returns as Lakm_'s father, Nilakantha.
L'amore dei tre re closes the season on May 4. Samuel Ramey stars as the blind King Archibaldo; soprano Fabiana Bravo is his philandering daughter-in-law Fiora; baritone Pavel Baransky, in his American debut, is his son Manfredo; tenor Fernando de la Mora is Fiora's lover Avito.
OONY also presents a recital by mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall on March 13.