Beatrice Di Tenda
||Jamie Barton||Michael Spyres||Nicholas Pallesen
December 5, 2012
Carnegie Hall – 6pm
Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini
The Collegiate Chorale
American Symphony Orchestra
James Bagwell, Conductor
Famous for uniting Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, the dynamic duo of Bel Canto opera in 1961, Beatrice di Tenda, Bellini's penultimate opera premiered in 1833, an operatic gem that has been mysteriously underperformed. Set in 15th century Milan and based on a historical figure, the opera tells of the tormented, but saintly wife of the Duke of Milan (Soprano Angela Meade), falsely accused of adultery with Orombello (Tenor Michael Spyres), and sentenced to death by her husband (Baritone Nicholas Pallesen) and his love interest Agnese del Maino (Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton) . With music that has been called "brilliantly curlicued" by The New York Times and "memorably poignant" by Opera News, Beatrice di Tenda is not to be missed! Music Director James Bagwell conducts The Chorale and the American Symphony Orchestra in this "gloomy masterpiece" (The New York Times).
The concert performance will end at 8:30 PM.
The evening is also the occasion of The Chorale's 2012 Fall Gala. Gala attendees will attend a seated dinner and dessert in the Rohatyn Room of Carnegie Hall after the performance. View our Special Events page for more information on the evening, honorees, and Gala co-chairs, and to reserve your ticket or table. The Gala evening will end at 10:15 PM.
Watch Beatrice di Tenda stars Meade, Barton, and Pallesen sing at the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert, as featured in Susan Froemke's award-winning documentary The Audition.
Watch James Bagwell and Angela Meade discuss Beatrice di Tenda, the bel canto revival, The Chorale's commitment to presenting little-performed operas-in-concert, and Bellini's beautiful "caramel taffy-pull tempos" in an interview with Olivia Giovetti.
Image Credit: Jorge Tacla, Camouflage 102, 2012. Oil and cold wax on canvas. 60 x 60 inches. Courtesy of Cristin Tierney Gallery, NY.