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I Puritani
Posted: March 13th, 2008

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who has taken the opera world by storm since her American debut in 1995, now inhabits the role of the fragile Elvira in Bellini’s final work, I PURITANI, the tale of love and madness set during the English Revolution. With its vocal fireworks and opportunities for real acting, this has been a supreme role for great singing actresses from Maria Callas to Beverly Sills and among its hallmarks is one of opera’s wildest mad scenes when Elvira is abandoned at the altar.

I PURITANI airs for SundayArts on May 4, 2008.

  • Roberet Kirk

    This is a beautiful production, and Anna Netrebko restored my faith that there are still great actors out there doing opera. The scene of her laying on the stage doing part of the mad scene is truly priceless. In some ways this is better than being in the house because you can see the expressions on their faces.

  • David Howard

    To Mr. Kirk: Lying, not laying. Look it up. Otherwise, I agree entirely. Also, many thanks to the producers and funders for recording and broadcasting these performances.

  • Hank M


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