This Sunday (9 June) Chelsea Opera Group’s I due Foscari at Cadogan Hall

Chelsea Opera Group present Giuseppe Verdi’s I due Foscari
A concert performance in Italian with English surtitles
Sunday 9 June 2024 at 6.30pm, at the Cadogan Hall

Based on a play by Lord Byron, ‘The Two Foscari’, Verdi’s early opera I due Foscari delves into the dark underside of picture-postcard views of tourist Venice – a world of vendettas, denunciations, wrongful arrests, torture and exile.  The elderly Doge of Venice, Francesco Foscari, finds that he is powerless to defend his son Jacopo Foscari against the evil punishments falsely inflicted on him by their sworn enemy, Loredano, despite the passionate interventions of Jacopo’s wife Lucrezia.

Composed in 1844, Verdi’s opera builds on the earlier successes of Nabucco and Ernani.  The 30-year-old composer is exploring new directions in dramatic structure, mood, characterisation and orchestral sonority, and even experimenting with ‘Leitmotif’ technique – a distinctive theme to depict each character in the drama – some years before Wagner.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Verdi’s rarely performed early masterpiece in all its brooding magnificence.

The conductor will be Matthew Kofi Waldren. The cast includes Andrii KymachPablo Bemsch, Anush HovhannisyanEmyr Wyn JonesAndrew Henley, Georgia Mae Bishop, John Vallance and Kevin Hollands.

There will be a pre-performance talk, given by Jonathan Burton, at 5.15pm in the hall free for ticket holders.

Tickets are now on sale at Cadogan Hall.

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