Mozart’s musical genius returns in a fresh, highly theatrical coproduction between the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Teatro Comunale of Treviso. Director Robert B. Driver and Italian designer Guia Buzzi – the team who brought OCP audiences a delightful Gianni Schicchi – team up once again for this humorous tale of a Turkish ruler’s comically passionate pursuit of his beautiful young prisoner. This new production sets the story in the 1920s, painting the resourceful heroine Konstanze as a spy, and Belmonte, her would-be rescuer, as a handsome pilot, brilliantly playing on the timeless human foibles that still make Mozart’s work ring true.
Long recognized as an engine for rising talent, the Opera Company has cast an array of today’s most thrilling new voices to conquer Mozart’s daunting arias and stratospheric high notes. Starring as Konstanze is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, whom Italy’s Revista magazine called, “a singer with beautiful presence, of unquestionable vocal interest” at the premiere of this production. Tenor Antonio Lozano was lauded for his “warm, vibrant voice which gave Belmonte great passion.” Maestro Rovaris leads the Opera Company Orchestra.
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