Ciro in Babilonia

by Gioacchino Rossini

Caramoor International Music Festival
Venetian Theater

New York
  • Conductor William Crutchfield
  • Director Davide Livermore
  • July 2012
    12:07 > 15:07
    3 hours
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Ciro in Babilonia


Press & Reviews

New York Times
An Ancient War Gets the Silent-Film Treatment via Opera
The soprano Jessica Pratt was also outstanding as Amira, singing with gleaming sound, free and easy high notes, agile coloratura runs and lyrical grace.
Ciro in Babilonia: Conquering Babylon at Caramoor
Jessica Pratt played Ciro’s rather stupid wife Amira. The role of Amira also contains difficult music with intense coloratura. Pratt handled the coloratura with ease negotiating runs and high notes to perfection. Notably, she mastered pianissimi on high notes...
New York Arts
Michael Miller
Rossini’s Ciro in Babilonia at Caramoor, with Ewa Podle?, Jessica Pratt, and Michael Spyres; Will Crutchfield conducting
Soprano Jessica Pratt brought to Amira a strong vocal presence and a masterful precision in her execution of the florid passages.

The Composition

Ciro in Babilonia

Libretto written in italian by Francesco Aventi, was first premiered on a Saturday on March 14 of 1812
Jessica has already performed in this opera for:

Gioacchino Rossini

Short biography of the composer
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola (Cinderella), and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell (William Tell). A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname "The Italian Mozart". Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history. He is quoted as joking, "Give me the laundress' bill and I will even set that to music."


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