Photo Journal: Mercadante's Orazi e Curiazi in St. Paul

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: Mercadante's Orazi e Curiazi in St. Paul
 
The Minnesota Opera gave the American premiere of Saverio Mercadante's 1846 opera Orazi e Curiazi on April 8.

The rarely produced opera, based on Corneille's play Les Horaces, tells the story of a violent feud between two noble Roman families. The libretto is by Salvadore Cammarano, who collaborated with Donizetti on Lucia di Lammermoor and with Verdi on Luisa Miller and Il trovatore.

Minnesota Opera's production is directed by Eric Simonson. The cast includes Brenda Harris as Camilla, Scott Piper as Curazio, and Ashley Holland as Orazio.

The production runs through April 15 at St. Paul's Ordway Center.

Photos by Michal Daniel.


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