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L'Africaine by Meyerbeer

Lotfi Mansouri, Maurizio Arena – With Plácido Domingo and Shirley Verrett – San Francisco Opera

L'Africaine by Meyerbeer Lotfi Mansouri, Maurizio Arena – With Plácido Domingo and Shirley Verrett – San Francisco Opera

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The great Plácido Domingo in Meyerbeer's last opera.

Ines is forced by her father, the Grand Amiral Don Diego, to marry Don Pedro instead of her true love, Vasco da Gama, who is thought to be dead in his last expedition. However Vasco suddenly reappears and announces that he has discovered new lands from where he brought Selinka and Nelusko with him. Being refused the means for a new expedition, Vasco insults the Grand Inquisitor who in return excommunicates him and put him in jail. Ines accepts to marry Don Pedro provided that Vasco is released. Don Pedro decides to explore the new lands, helped in his endeavour by Nelusko, who secretely designs to bring the expedition to its ruin. Trapped in a tempest, the fleet perishes. Only escape Vasco, Ines, Nelusko and Selinka, who appears eventually to be the queen of these far-reached lands. Besides, in love with Vasco, she saves him from a death penalty placed upon every foreigner reaching the shore. But Vasco runs to join Ines in her execution. Moved by this true gesture of love, Selinka set them free and allows them to go back to their homeland, Portugal.

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Program

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer, L'Africaine
    • I, 1: "Anna, qu'entends-je" (Inès, Anna)
    • I, 1: Romance "Adieu, mon doux rivage"
    • I, 2: "Mon père, par votre ordre..." (Inès, Amiral, Don Pedro)
    • I, 2: Terzettino
    • I, 3: "Dieu, que le monde révère" (Vasco, Don Alvar, Don Pedro, Amiral, Grand, Inquisiteur, Huit Évèques, Conseillers)
    • I, 4: "J'ai vu, nobles seigneurs, rouler dans les abîmes" (Vasco, Don Alvar, Don Pedro, Amiral, Grand, Inquisiteur, Huit Évèques, Conseillers)
    • I, 5: "Esclaves, approchez!" (Vasco, Don Alvar, Don Pedro, Amiral, Grand, Inquisiteur, Huit Évèques, Conseillers, Selika, Nélusko)
    • I, 7: "Le conseil souverain" (Vasco, Don Alvar, Don Pedro, Amiral, Grand, Inquisiteur, Huit Évèques, Conseillers, Selika, Nélusko)
    • II, 1: "Toujours son sommeil agité" (Vasco, Selika)
    • II, 2: "Nélusko" (Selika, Nélusko)
    • II, 2: "Pardon" (Selika, Nélusko)
    • II, 3: "En vain leur impuissante rage" (Vasco, Selika)
    • II, 3: "Combien tu m'es chère!" (Vasco, Selika)
    • II, 3: "On nous l'avait bien dit" (Vasco, Selika, Maid, Don Pedro, Don Alvar, Nélusko)
    • II, 3: "J'avais appris que pour toujours" (Vasco, Inès, Selika)
    • III: Overture
    • III, 2: "Sans crainte, suivez-moi!" (Nélusko)
    • III, 3: "C'est Dieu qui m'inspira" (Vasco)
    • III, 4: "Je viens à vous malgré ma haine" (Vasco, Don Pedro)
    • III, 5: "Quelle voix!" (Don Pedro, Vasco, Don Alvar, Nélusko, Seamen, Soldiers, Inès, Selika, Maids, Women)
    • Act IV
    • IV: Indian March (ballet)
    • IV, 2: "Nous jurons par Brahma" (Selika, Nélusko, the Priest)
    • IV, 3: "Pays merveilleux" (Vasco)
    • IV, 3: "Vouloir le soustraire au supplice" (Vasco, Selika, Nélusko, the Priest, Selika's court)
    • IV, 3: Cavatine "L'avoir tant adorée" (Nélusko)
    • IV, 3: "Brahma! Wischnou! Shiva!" (Ensemble)
    • IV, 4: "Le vaisseau de Don Pedro est brisé" (Selika, Vasco)
    • IV, 5: "O transports, ô douce extase» (Selika, Vasco)
    • V, 1: "Ciel ! Il est donc vrai" (Inès)
    • V, 1: Duo "Avant que ma vengeance ordonne ton supplice" (Selika, Inès)
    • V, 2: "Emmenez cette femme!" (Selika, Nélusko)
    • V, 3: "D'ici je vois la mer immense" (Selika)
    • V, 4: "Partis, partis!» (Selika, Nélusko)

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Brian Large
  • Venue: San Francisco Opera (San Francisco, California, USA)
  • Production date: 1988
  • Duration: 3 h 10 min
  • Production: © San Francisco Opera Association / RM Arts
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN

Casting

  • Lotfi Mansouri | Stage director
  • Wolfram Skalicki | Set designer
  • Amrei Skalicki | Costume designer
  • Thomas J. Munn | Lighting
  • Plácido Domingo | Vasco da Gama
  • Shirley Verrett | Selika
  • Ruth Ann Swenson | Ines
  • Justino Diaz | Nelusko
  • Michael Devlin | Don Pedro
  • San Francisco Opera Orchestra
  • Maurizio Arena | Music director
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