Sunday, November 19, 2017
Presented at Lisner Auditorium.
Inspired by true events during the 12th century, La straniera tells the tale of a French King’s scandalous divorce from a Danish princess and his subsequent marriage to a mysterious foreign woman (“la straniera”), kept tucked away in a wooded cottage. Bellini and librettist Romani heightened the romantic and political complications of this unusual story for their compelling cast of characters. This bel canto treasure, rarely performed in the United States, will feature three rising stars in their WCO debuts—soprano Amanda Woodbury as Alaide, tenor Gerard Schneider as Arturo, mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings as Isoletta—and the return of a WCO favorite, baritone Javier Arrey, in the role of Valdeburgo.