I Puritani


BOSTON LYRIC OPERA | 1993
US Premiere of the Naples (Malibran) version

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I PURITANI by Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor: Stephen Lord
Cast: Mike Shigematsu, Paul Groves, Raymond Aceto, D’anna Fortunato
Production: J.Conklin (scenery/clothes), C. Akerlind (lighting)

“With its current production of I Puritani, Boston Lyric Opera asserts its claim to be taken seriously as an artistic force both in Boston and nationally. This is not only the American premiere of the long-unknown Naples version of Bellini’s last work, it is a ravishingly sung, meticulously prepared, deeply moving and surprisingly coherent production of an opera that is almost as famous for its dramatic ineptness as it is for the melting beauty of its music. Nicholas Muni’s deftly expressionistic staging and John Conklin’s looming set of a blood-soaked and blasted castle combine in a powerfully unified vision of love and tenderness in the midst of the horrors of war. It is the power and beauty of the music—the logic of emotion, not rational narrative—that unifies this opera and makes it memorable. And it is that power and beauty that is captured in this production.”
Jon Lehman, The Patriot Ledger (September, 1993)

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