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Rossini's Zelmira

  • Lisner Auditorium 730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052 (map)


Zelmira is the last of Rossini's "Neapolitan Operas," a series of nine dramas that are largely considered to be some of his greatest works. This pioneering work marks the beginning of the composer's international career and lays the groundwork for early Italian Romantic opera. Embarking on a mission to save her father, King Polidoro, from a murderous usurper, our title character faces a series of aspersions directed against her and nearly loses her family and her life in the process. Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world's leading bel canto tenors, returns to WCO as Zelmira's husband Ilo, and celebrated Spanish mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé will make her company debut in the title role.

Other cast members:
Returning mezzo-soprano (and WCO favorite) Vivica Genaux as Emma
WCO debuts: tenor Julius Ahn as Antenore and bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as King Polidoro
Returning bass-baritone Matthew Scollin as Leucippo



Patrick Carfizzi   King Polidoro

Patrick Carfizzi

King Polidoro

Earlier Event: March 14
Opera Gems Lecture: Zelmira
Later Event: April 5
Zelmira Cast Party