Photo Journal: Rossini's Rare Semiramide at Caramoor

Classic Arts Features   Photo Journal: Rossini's Rare Semiramide at Caramoor
Rossini's Semiramide closed out the Bel Canto at Caramoor season July 31 in Katonah, NY. The challenging, seldom-heard work starred Angela Meade in the title role of the plotting Queen of Babylon.


The company received critical praise for successfully taking on the daunting score originally penned in 1823 for the composer's wife Isabella Colbran. The concert production included an added death scene reconstructed by scholar Philip Gossett from original Rossini manuscripts.

Meade was joined onstage by Vivica Genaux singing the trouser role of Arsace, Daniel Mobbs as Assur, Christopher Dickerson as Oroe, Lawrence Brownlee as Idreno, Heather Hill as Azema, John-Andrew Fernandez as Mitrane and Djor_ Nance as the Ghost of Nino.

Director of Opera Will Crutchfield conducted the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Venetian Theater.

With the summer program having come to a close, Caramoor prepares for its first ever Fall Festival, to be held on the estate Oct. 2-4. The three-day event will feature internationally renowned musicians including the New York Philharmonic, Emanuel Ax, Chick Corea and Sumi Jo.

For further information, visit Caramoor.

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Photos by Gabe Palacio.

Daniel Mobbs
Vivica Genaux and Angela Meade

Lawrence Brownlee and cast

The cast of Semiramide

Will Crutchfield conducts Vivica Genaux

Vivica Genaux and Angela Meade

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