I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini

Savonlinna Opera Festival

Savonlinna, Finland
  • July 2017
    19:00 > 22:00
    3 hours
  • August 2017
    19:00 > 22:00
    3 hours

A Romantic Masterpiece Its many unbeatable melodies and intriguing plot make The Puritans one of Bellini’s most splendid operas. Unfortunately, it was to be his last, for he died at the age of only 34. As his historical backdrop he chose the English Civil War between the Puritan Roundheads led by Oliver Cromwell (from 1649 to 1658) and the Royalist Catholic Cavaliers. The war is, however, but a sub-plot to an intense love story punctuated by passion, betrayal and madness. The plot focuses on the love between Puritan Elvira and Catholic Arturo. The postponement of their wedding, and the announcement that Arturo has been condemned by Parliament to death provide substance for not one but two mad scenes, until a general amnesty permits a happy ending. A Teatro Real Madrid guest production Musical director: Evelino Pidò Stage director: Emilio Sagi Set designer: Daniel Bianco Costume designer: Pepa Ojanguren Lighting designer: Eduardo Bravo Chorus master: Andrés Máspero Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra

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I Puritani


Press & Reviews

Riitta-Leena Lempinen-Vesa
Opera review: Jessica Pratt dazzles with her singing
Similarly high is the vocal level. Jessica Pratt is a world-class coloratura soprano with powerful notes and a natural vibrato. Very high quality of sound on both high and dramatically low notes. The protagonists depict love and madness, the audience holds their breath at every vocal virtuosity. … Pratt is also a great actress and a brilliant performer.
Helsingin Sanomat
Hannu-Ilari Lampila
The Madrileni Puritan elevate Belcanto to intoxicating heights
Jessica Pratt shined in the female part of the Puritians as the center of all emotions. ... The english soprano Jessica Pratt is a top level, exhilarating and passionate Elvira. Ardent with joy and heartbreaking when hit by sorrow. The famous and spectacular mad scene lasts for almost half an hour. The bright and radiant Jessica Pratt has an extraordinary ability to project on the long range, ecstatic coloratura and delicate temperament. Elvira is not alone. In this as in other scenes, the chorus is actively involved in an collective emotional resonance chamber. When the empathy from chorus and orchestra support the passion of the soloist, the spell of the show raises to intoxicating heights.
Jan Granberg
Belcanto, hypnotic beauty
The madness scene was once the emotional culmination of the romantic operas. There's three of them in I Puritani, among the most beautiful of the genre. Here in this production the protagonist, Elvira, runs around with a shining crescent in her arms. Jessica Pratt played enthusiastically and was brilliant both in the delicate and the virtuoso music.

The "Teatro Real" invades Finland
Soprano Jessica Pratt (highly acclaimed with a resounding stamping of feet, here considered a symbol of triumph) and tenor Celso Albelo have been the protagonists of this Finnish transfer of I Puritani.
Mikko Ojajärvi
Opera I Puritani bewitches the audience
Similar story to Romeo and Juliette with the difference that Elvira of the Puritans (il soprano Jessica Pratt) and Arturo (il tenore Celso Albelo) survive in the end. The Olavinlinna audience was stunned by the opera and above all by Jessica Pratt. She sang like a nightingale, long phrases and apparently without any effort.
El Mundo
'I Puritani' conquer Savonlinna
The Canary Islands tenor Celso Albelo and the British soprano Jessica Pratt collected the greatest ovations for their interpretation of the protagonists of the love drama between Arturo and Elvira in the context of the civil war between the Puritans who supported Cromwell and the monarchists for the Stuarts.

The Composition

I Puritani

Libretto written in italian by Carlo Pepoli, was first premiered on a Sunday on January 25 of 1835

Vincenzo Bellini

Short biography of the composer
Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (3 November 1801 – 23 September 1835) was an Italian opera composer, who was known for his long-flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania". Many years later, in 1898, Giuseppe Verdi "praised the broad curves of Bellini's melody: 'there are extremely long melodies as no-one else had ever made before' " A large amount of what is known about Bellini's life and his activities comes from surviving letters—except for a short period—which were written over his lifetime to his friend Francesco Florimo, whom he had met as a fellow student in Naples and with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. Other sources of information come from correspondence saved by other friends and business acquaintances. Bellini was the quintessential composer of the Italian bel canto era of the early 19th century, and his work has been summed up by the London critic Tim Ashley as: ... also hugely influential, as much admired by other composers as he was by the public. Verdi raved about his "long, long, long melodies ..." Wagner, who rarely liked anyone but himself, was spellbound by Bellini's almost uncanny ability to match music with text and psychology. Liszt and Chopin professed themselves fans. Of the 19th-century giants, only Berlioz demurred. Those musicologists who consider Bellini to be merely a melancholic tunesmith are now in the minority. In considering which of his operas can be seen to be his greatest successes over the almost two hundred years since his death, Il pirata laid much of the groundwork in 1827, achieving very early recognition in comparison to Donizetti's having written thirty operas before his major 1830 triumph with Anna Bolena. Both I Capuleti ed i Montecchi at La Fenice in 1830 and La sonnambula in Milan in 1831 reached new triumphal heights, although initially Norma, given at La Scala in 1831 did not fare as well until later performances elsewhere. "The genuine triumph" of I puritani in January 1835 in Paris capped a significant career. Certainly, Capuleti, La sonnambula, Norma, and I puritani are regularly performed today. After his initial success in Naples, most of the rest of his short life was spent outside of both Sicily and Naples, those years being followed with his living and composing in Milan and Northern Italy, and—after a visit to London—then came his final masterpiece in Paris, I puritani. Only nine months later, Bellini died in Puteaux, France at the age of 33.


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