Les Vêpres Siciliennes is one of Verdi’s misunderstood operas. In a clumsy translation, the work is usually presented to audiences today as I vespri Siciliani and, as such, gives a false representation of Verdi’s original concept. This opera was composed for the Paris Opera to a libretto by Eugene Scribe, one of the greatest poets of the day, and Charles Duveyrier. Verdi embraces the French idiom – the musical forms, the orchestration, the vocal writing – with the same grandeur and sense of occasion as Rossini and Meyerbeer before him. This is Opera Rara’s third of five sets in its Verdi Originals series and this BBC recording of the opera finally restores the original French libretto.
Guy de Montfort: Neilson Taylor
Le sire de Béthune: Stafford Dean
Le comte de Vaudemont: Neil Howlett
Henri: Jean Bonhomme
Jean Procida: Ayhan Baran
Duchess Hélène: Jacqueline Brumaire
Ninetta: Pamela Dickerson
Sicilian men and women, French soldiers, Monks, etc - BBC Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra, Mario Rossi 2004
3 CD Set
Booklet includes complete libretto with translations in English, Italian and German.