I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini


Bilbao, Spain
  • Conductor Giacomo Sagripanti
  • Director Emilio Sagi
  • October 2022
    19:00 > 22:00
    3 hours
  • October 2022
    19:30 > 22:30
    3 hours
  • October 2022
    19:30 > 22:30
    3 hours
  • October 2022
    19:30 > 22:30
    3 hours
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I Puritani


Press & Reviews

Platea Magazine
Alejandro Martínez
ABAO opens its season with 'I Puritani' by Bellini, with the voices of Jessica Pratt and Xabier Anduaga
Exemplary Jessica Pratt in one of her specialties, the role of Elvira, that she sings with amazing ease and with an air of naturalness that is contagious for the rest of the cast. Not only does she deftly resolve the thousand belcanto watermarks (staccati, interpolated high notes, octave jumps) but she also convinces in the most dramatic and expressive parts of the role (O rendetemi la speme... Qui la voce sua soave), with a range of ample phrasings.
El Correo
Isabel Urrutia Cabrera
Tenor Xabier Anduaga wins at home
Jessica Pratt reaffirms her technical mastery in a Bellini opera of 'criminal' high notes Jessica Pratt, much loved among ABAO fans, [...] does not lower her engine at any time. She is flushed, hysterical, and in agony in all three acts. [...] The second act is almost entirely a mad scene that drives all the singers to pieces. But not her. Pratt ends in one piece, with spare energy to culminate a third act that is also very tense, with a duet that swings from joy to doubt and fainting.
El Correo
Nino Dentici
Two artists for bel canto
[Jessica Pratt] always sounded comfortable in the midst of danger, at ease in the difficulties, while decorating her "mad scene" with a range of embellishments that only her skill allows. To such flexibility and technique add the purity of her voice and an endless legato.
Manuel Cabrera
I Puritani in the ABAO Bilbao season
It was a night not to be forgotten! The Bristol soprano moved us with the brightness of her voice, leading it into the lands of the clearest high notes, overwhelming us with the sweetest pianissimi, spinning her voice in such way that it would nail on the spot even the last row of the hall. How is it even possible to modulate the sound in such a grandiose way and with such sweet expressiveness?

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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