Flat Baroque: High Brow Radio by Low Brow Folks
Donizetti's Roberto Devereux
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» Website: http://cfrc.ca
Uploaded: 4 Mar, 2021
Recording Date: 4 Mar, 2021
Recording Location: CFRC 101.9 FM
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Program Title: Flat Baroque: High Brow Radio by Low Brow Folks
Description: In this episode of Flat Baroque, we’ll be listening to the third tragic opera in Gaetano Donizetti’s tudor England series preceded by Il Castello di Kenilworth, Anna Bolena, and Mary Stuarda which we listened to last week.
This tragic opera composed by Donizetti with an Italian libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano is loosely based on the life of Robert Devereux the 2nd earl of essex, influential member in the court of queens Elizabeth I and her perported lover. The first production of Roberto Devereux premiered in 1837 at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy.
The version of Roberto Devereux we’ll listen to here is a live recording performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in July 2002 by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Maurizio Benini and featuring the voice talents of soprano Nelly Miricioiu, Tenor Jose Bros, baritone Roberto Frontiali and Bass, Graeme Broadbent.
Set in London in 1601 during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, the cast of characters includes Elisabetta, Queen of England, The Duke of Nottingham, his wife Sarah, Roberto Devereux the Earl of Essex, Lord Cecil, Sir Gualtiero Raleigh, a page, a servant of Nottingham in addition to some parliamentary Lords, knights, squires, other pages and guards of Nottingham.
Host(s): Dinah Jansen