Verdi's Aroldo

Pier Luigi Pizzi (stage director), Pier Giorgio Morandi (conductor) - With Gustavo Porta (Aroldo), Mina Damato (Adriana), Franco Vassallo (Egberto)...

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Pier Luigi Pizzi — Stage director, costume designer, stage design

Sergio Rossi — Lighting designer

Gustavo Porta — Aroldo

Adriana Damato — Mina

Franco Vassallo — Egberto

Enrico Giuseppe Iori — Briano

Valter Borin — Godvino

Antonio Feltracco — Enrico

Miriam Artiaco — Elena

Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza

Corrado Casati — Chorus director

Orchestra della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini

Pier Giorgio Morandi — Conductor

Program notes

Discover this rare Verdian jewel! Aroldo—one of the composer’s least performed works—premiered in 1857 in Rimini, Italy. The work was created in response to the censorship of Verdi’s 1849 Stiffelio, whose tale of a protestant pastor publicly pardonning an adulterer and his wife proved too scandalous for 19th-century Italian society. In creating Aroldo, Verdi’s librettist and collaborator Francesco Maria Piave transposed Stiffelio’s story and characters to the more distant setting of Great Britain at time of the Crusades, and the composer took advantage of this new version to add a fourth act to the opera, and to rewrite part of the first act as well as a few arias.

In this production, Aroldo and Mina are magnificently brought to life by Gustavo Porta and Adriana Damato, and Pier Luigi Pizzi’s staging gives an excellent new framing for this unjustly neglected work.

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