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Casa Italiana Zerilli MemirĂ² at New York University presents

FURIOSUS (North American Premiere): Opera in two acts by Roberto Scarcella Perino

Thursday | February 16 2023 | 7:30 pm

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Concert Performance of
FURIOSUS
Opera in two acts
Music by Roberto Scarcella Perino
Libretto by Flora Gagliardi
based on the epic poem 'Orlando Furioso' by Ludovico Ariosto

North American Premiere

Inspired by Orlando Furioso, one of the best-known works in Italian literature, the two act opera Furiosus with libretto by Flora Gagliardi takes us on a galactic journey from earth to moon, from mythical to human, highlighting the vicissitudes of life, love, sorcery, and seduction while Roberto Scarcella Perino’s score provides a warm, whimsical, and thoroughly transportive musical underpinning of the unfolding drama.

The North American premiere of Furiosus in concert is made possible by Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University.

Originally commissioned by The Opera Theater of Philadelphia, the world premiere of  Roberto Scarcella Perino’s opera Furiosus took place on August 25th, 2017, in Città della Pieve at the Teatro Comunale degli Avvaloranti. It was performed again in June 12th, 2019, in Florence at New York University’s Continuum Theater. 

Robert Tweten, conductor

Cast in order of vocal appearance:
 
ASTOLFO                                         Omar Najmi                                   
ANGELICA/FIORDILIGI                   Amani Cole-Felder*                  
MEDORO/ALCINA                           Cierra Byrd*                            
ORLANDO                                        Daniel Rich*                              
BRADAMANTE                                 Siphokazi Molteno*                  
RUGGIERO/BRANDIMARTE           Brad Walker                  
RODOMONTE                                  Le Bu*                                  

* member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development  Program

A Chorus of Magical Creatures:
Anna Elder
Kate Fruchterman ~
Julie Schoonover
Demetra Adams
Candace - Lynn Matthews
Maria Kolomiets
Sable Strout +
Silvana Chu

~ Cover Angelica/Fiordiligi  + Cover Bradamante/Medoro/Alcina

Orchestra:
Violin I, Doori Na
Violin II, Caroline Drexler
Viola, Tia Allen
Cello, Marta Bagratuni

New Thread Quartet
Soprano Saxophone, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen
Alto Saxophone, Noa Even
Tenor Saxophone, Erin Rogers
Baritone Saxophone, Zach Herchen

Percussion, Daniel Matei
Piano, Juan José Làzaro *

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