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Watch: Insights into Rossini's Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of The Royal Opera's upcoming production of Rossini's epic tragedy.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

10 November 2017 at 10.00am | 6 Comments

Based on a story by Voltaire, Rossini's tragic opera Semiramide sees its characters wrestle against fate as the story propels them towards the harrowing finale, to music of magnificent beauty.

On 9 November 2017, audiences were offered a window into the rehearsal process as part of an ROH Insights event. This event is now available to watch again on-demand:

Conductor Antonio Pappano discussed the music with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Joyce also explored the opera's characters with fellow mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, who will perform the role of Arsace, and Lawrence Brownlee who will perform the role of Idreno.

Director David Alden also gave insights into the production as The Royal Opera prepares to stage it for the first time.

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 Semiramide runs from 19 November—16 December 2017. Tickets are still available.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

10 November 2017 at 10.00am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Antonio Pappano, BFO, by David Alden, insight, insights, Joyce DiDonato, livestream, opera, ROH Insights, Semiramide, The Royal Opera

This article has 6 comments

  1. Patrick John Gordon Shaw responded on 9 November 2017 at 4:15pm Reply

    Looking forward to Insights this evening and to seeing ‘Semiramide’ for the first time next month

  2. Annamarta responded on 9 November 2017 at 8:01pm Reply

    It was great to watching to this interview with fantastic artists.....thanks from Italy .....viva Rossini...viva ROH.....annamarta

  3. Gilly responded on 11 November 2017 at 11:26pm Reply

    To make this perfect for me, Juan Diego Florez would have to sing Idreno. His interpretation (on YouTube) is the most beautiful I've ever heard.

  4. Geoffrey responded on 13 November 2017 at 2:27pm Reply

    But Florez no longer sings such roles. His voice has changed and his roles for the near future include Hoffmann, Edgardo in 'Lucia' and the Duke in 'Rigoletto'.

  5. Anne Aldridge responded on 20 November 2017 at 10:18am Reply

    Would just like to wish you a wonderful run of performances!

  6. Susan Nisbet responded on 24 November 2017 at 2:28pm Reply

    So wonderful that you share the Insight evenings. I tried to get a ticket for this one but it was sold out. I went to the rehearsal of the opera and will be going to the performance on Dec 8th but so good to have 'met' the artists during this programme. Many thanks.

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