An outstanding tandem of singers on the Liceu's stage: Joyce DiDonato and Levy Sekgapane
Semiramide, based on a play by Voltaire, was composed between Zelmira and Il viaggio a Reims. It is one of the last examples of opera seria and provides the clearest illustration – along with Tancredi – of how Rossini's dramas evolved towards Romantic bel canto despite their eminently classical themes.
First staged at La Fenice in Venice, Semiramide was Rossini's farewell to Italian opera houses prior to moving to Paris, where he lived until he died.
Sharing the stage for this concert version will be two of the most fascinating singers on today's international opera scene: the American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato and the tenor Levy Sekgapane
Melodramma tragico in two acts. Libretto by Gaetano Rossini. World premiere: 03/02/1823 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. First Barcelona performance: 20/04/1826 at the Teatre de la Santa Creu. First Liceu performance: 20/04/1854. Last Liceu performance: 12/12/2005. Number of Liceu performances: 41.
- Paolo Arrivabeni
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
- Director of the Chorus
- Conxita Garcia
|Mitrane||Juan de Dios Mateos|
|Nino's ghost||Felipe Bou|
Information of Interest
Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.
Reasons not to miss'SEMIRAMIDE'
- The opera that was Rossini's farewell to Italy.
- One of the last and most imaginative examples of opera seria.
- An outstanding tandem: Joyce DiDonato and Levy Sekgapane.
- Two geniuses come together: Rossini and Voltaire.