OperaDelaware’s production of Semiramide was part of the company’s 2017 festival celebrating the 225th anniversary of Rossini’s birth, which also featured performances of La Cenerentola and the Petite Messe Solennelle. Andrew Moravcsik of Opera Today said of the Semiramide production: “I can think of no place in America I would rather hear this type of opera than Wilmington’s Grand Opera House… This is Rossinian opera as it was meant to be experienced… Contributing decisively to the success of the Delaware Semiramide is also the conducting of the young American Rossini specialist, Anthony Barrese. He inspires the orchestra, to play with distinctive Rossinian articulation, phrasing, rhythmic pulse and exuberance… OperaDelaware has also assembled a cast of promising young singers, all about a decade into their careers—each enthusiastic, accomplished, and versed in bel canto style.” David Shengold with Opera News added “Dean Anthony’s handsome, well-staged production still gave a remarkably enjoyable sense of the piece.”
In 1945, OperaDelaware was founded in Wilmington, Delaware to present opera with the finest voices at affordable prices. Today, OperaDelaware’s patrons are as geographically and culturally diverse as ever, stretching across the entire country, while at the same time reaching deeply into the company’s local roots. Throughout its history, OperaDelaware has earned a reputation for excellence in both opera production and arts education.
In 2016, OperaDelaware became a festival opera company, offering performances which included the East Coast Premiere of Franco Faccio’s Amleto, and Verdi’s Falstaff. OperaDelaware performs in the majestic yet intimate Grand Opera House, built in 1871.
This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network 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.