Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Monday 18 November
Broadcast of Verdi’s rarely performed grand opera features an all-star cast conducted by Antonio Pappano.
13 November 2013 at 11.11am | 2 Comments
Lianna Haroutounian as Helene, Erwin Schrott as Procida and Bryan Hymel as Henri in Les Vêpres siciliennes © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013
The opera features acclaimed performances by Lianna Haroutounian as Hélène, Bryan Hymel as Henri, Erwin Schrott as Procida and Michael Volle as Guy de Monfort, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Behind the scenes films
As part of the live cinema relay, we showed two behind the scenes films featuring the cast and creative team. These featured exclusive rehearsal footage and interviews.
The story and background
A tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism, Les Vêpres siciliennes is set amid the turmoil of the French occupation of Sicily. Find out more about the piece in our Opera Essentials series.
Created in 1855 for the Paris Opéra, Les Vêpres siciliennes was Verdi’s first grand opera. Richly varied and dramatic, it is packed with fiery choruses for the opposing French and Sicilian forces, large-scale duets and several atmospheric arias. Read about the duet between Henri and Montfort in Act III, just one of the musical highlights in the opera.
More commonly performed in Italian as I vespri siciliani, The Royal Opera’s production is sung in the original French and Antonio Pappano told BBC Radio 3’s In Tune that ‘there’s a different frisson in performing Les Vêpres siciliennes in French’.
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