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    Maometto II

    Maometto II

    Overview

    "Triumphant...should not be missed."
    — James Keller, The New Mexican

    "The audience responded with a full-throated,
    passionate ovation..."

    — John Stege, Santa Fe Reporter

    Is Rossini’s serious side musically even richer than his comedies? There’s no need to choose, but even longtime Rossini enthusiasts will be astonished by the treasures that abound in Santa Fe’s world premiere of the new critical performing edition of Maometto II, recapturing the original character of the music. A love story set against a backdrop of the Venetian colony of Negroponte, Maometto II offers Rossini at his appealing best, including show-stopping coloratura arias.

    8:30 pm performances: July 14, 18, 27

    8:00 pm performances: August 2, 7, 16

    Synopsis

    Composed by Gioachino Rossini

    Sung in Italian with English and Spanish Opera Titles

    ACT I
    The ancient realm of Byzantium has fallen to the forces of the Turkish sultan Maometto II, and the Venetian city Negroponte is under siege. On the Byzantine side, Calbo urges the commander Paolo Erisso to continue defending the city; Condulmiero urges surrender. Erisso, who has arranged the engagement of his daughter Anna to Calbo, does not know she is in love with a nobleman of Corinth.

    Turks overrun Negroponte’s defenders, taking Erisso and Calbo as prisoners. The sultan Maometto arrives, recognizing Anna as his clandestine lover. The stunning truth of the realization horrifies both Erisso and Anna, who threatens suicide unless Maometto frees Erisso and Calbo. Maometto agrees, promising Anna a life of love and luxury.

    ACT II
    Still overwhelmed by Maometto’s revelations and her homeland’s plight, Anna rejects his ardent declarations of love. He leaves to press the attack on Negroponte, entrusting her with his seal of imperial authority as a guarantee of her safety while he is gone. But Anna joins Calbo and her father in hiding, overcoming Erisso’s accusations of disloyalty by giving him Maometto’s seal. Now free to emerge from hiding, Erisso conducts Calbo’s marriage to his daughter in the shadow of her mother’s tomb, and the two men leave to face the Turks in combat.

    Temporarily at a distance from the conflicting men in her life, Anna receives good and bad news: Erisso has defeated Maometto and successfully defended Negroponte, but Anna is now in danger from Maometto, who will undoubtedly want to avenge her betrayal. Confronted by Maometto and his troops at the very spot where she was married, Anna reveals the details of her deception and stabs herself, dying on her mother’s tomb.

    Artists

    • Anna - Leah Crocetto
    • Calbo - Patricia Bardon
    • Paolo - Bruce Sledge
    • Maometto - Luca Pisaroni
    • Conductor - Frédéric Chaslin
    • Director - David Alden
    • Scenic Designer - Jon Morrell
    • Costume Designer - Jon Morrell
    • Lighting Designer - Duane Schuler
    • Choreographer - Peggy Hickey

    Profiles

    Leah Crocetto (Anna)

    Biography 

    Patricia Bardon (Calbo)

    Biography 

    Bruce Sledge (Paolo)

    Biography 

    Luca Pisaroni (Maometto)

    Biography 

    Frederic Chaslin (Conductor)

    Biography 

    David Alden (Director)

    Biography 

    Jon Morrell (Scenic & Costume Designer)

    Biography 

    Duane Schuler (Lighting Designer)

    Biography 

    Video and Audio

    Preghiera: Giusto Cielo, in tal periglio (2:51 duration)

    Anna prays in church after the distraught women of Negroponte tell her that a traitor has opened the gates to the Turks.

    June Anderson (Anna), Claudio Scimone conducts the Philharmonica Orchestra of London and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. To order this Philips recording click here.

    Dal ferro, dal foco (2:02 duration)

    A band of Turkish soldiers threaten the village with fire and slaughter

    Ambrosian Opera Chorus.(Chorus), Claudio Scimone conducts the Philharmonica Orchestra of London. To order this Philips recording click here.

    Cavatina: Sorgete, sorgete (2:07 duration)

    Maometto enters to lead his troops and acknowledges the loyalty of his followers.

    Samuel Ramey (Maometto), Claudio Scimone conducts the Philharmonica Orchestra of London and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. To order this Philips recording click here.

    Anna, tu piangi? (2:21 duration)

    Anna cries after spurning Maometto's love and his offer to make her Queen. He sees her tears as a sign of of her distress or love, not hatred.

    June Anderson (Anna), Samuel Ramey (Maometto), Claudio Scimone conducts the Philharmonica Orchestra of London and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. To order this Philips recording click here.

    Luca Pisaroni as Maometto
    Maometto and his men enter the city.
    Leah Crocetto as Anna and Luca Pisaroni as Maometto
    Maometto wants to marry Anna but she refuses.
    Luca Pisaroni as Maometto
    Urged by his captains, Maometto vows to fight or die as they leave for battle in the citadel.
    Leah Crocetto as Anna
    Following her marriage to Calbo, Anna, alone, contemplates her situation.
    General Director Charles MacKay discusses Maometto II

    Part 1 of 1 (2:07 duration)

    Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni discusses Maometto II

    Partial interview segment. For complete interview on YouTube, click here 

    Chief Conductor Frederic Chaslin discusses Maometto II

    Partial interview segment. For complete interview on YouTube, click here 

    Rossini Scholar Philip Gossett discusses Maometto II
    Partial interview segment. For complete interview on YouTube, click here.