WQXR and the WFMT Radio Network are delighted to present Caramoor Opera’s production of Lucrezia Borgia, Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece. Director of Opera Will Crutchfield leads the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and a stellar cast including acclaimed soprano Angela Meade in her highly anticipated debut in the title role, Tamara Mumford as Maffio Orsini, Michele Angelini as Gennaro, and Christophoros Stamboglis as Duke Alfonso.
Reviewing Ms. Meade’s breakout role debut as Norma at Caramoor in 2010, the New York Times exclaimed “From the first lines of Norma’s entrance…Ms. Meade sounded in complete control of the role.” She has gone on to display that control in acclaimed Norma performances at the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera, and elsewhere. Now she returns to Caramoor to introduce her interpretation of another iconic bel canto heroine.
This summer marks the 20th anniversary season of the “Bel Canto at Caramoor” series. To celebrate this milestone, Caramoor is thrilled to present Bellini’s Il pirata, showcasing the exceptional artistry of 2017 Artist in-Residence Angela Meade. Hailed as “the most talked-about soprano of her generation” (Opera News), Meade, who first catapulted to prominence at Caramoor, returns to headline this year’s operatic centerpiece, in which she makes her eagerly anticipated role debut. Tenor Santiago Ballerini and bass Harold Wilson join her and the Bel Canto Young Artists in the Caramoor.
Mounted in the superb acoustics of the outdoor Venetian Theater on Caramoor’s idyllic Westchester estate, this performance features the resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s – “one of the most versatile and galvanic ensembles in the U.S.” (WQXR) – under the baton of Caramoor’s Director of Opera Will Crutchfield.
This program is a part of the American Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in May and lasts until November (exact dates are published in the first half of the year).