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Yale Opera records Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re

March 27, 2012

Singers of Yale Opera will perform and record Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re at this year’s Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

Łukasz Borowicz is conducting the concert performance of the opera, which also features the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Choir.

The cast features soprano Sara Jakubiak ’06MM, ’07AD (Fiora); tenor Eric Barry ’10MM, ’11AD (Avito); tenor Jorge Prego ’12AD (Flaminio); and baritone David Pershall ’10MM, ’11AD (Manfredo); as well as bass Nikolay Didenko (Archibaldo). Henryk Wojnarowski is the choir master.

The performance takes place Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (pictured at left). The event takes place under the Honorary Patronage of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Lee Feinstein.

Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

Italo Montemezzi

L’Amore dei Tre Re is a opera in three acts by Italo Montemezzi (1864–1952). The libretto is based on the “tragic poem” by Sem Benelli. After its premiere at La Scala in 1913, it enjoyed a place in the operatic repertory, though now it is rarely performed in the United States.

Luca Zoppelli writes: “L’amore dei tre re shows clear echoes of Tristan in the lovers’ rapturous desire for annihilation, but also of Pelléas in the presence of symbolist elements, the impersonality of characters… and the trance-like suspended sonorities.” Zoppelli continues: “The subtle orchestration is indebted to both Wagner and Debussy, while simple thematic references, consisting mainly of rhythmic ostinato figures, carry a leitmotivic function; the plot is advanced through dialogue.”

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