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Cadogan Hall

Sunday 9th June 2024
at 6.30pm

I due Foscari
Giuseppe Verdi

(Sung in Italian with English surtitles)

Based on a play by Lord Byron, ‘The Two Foscari’, Verdi’s early opera delves into the dark underside of picture-postcard views of tourist Venice – a world of vendettas, denunciations, wrongful arrests, torture and exile.  The elderly Doge of Venice, Francesco Foscari, finds that he is powerless to defend his son Jacopo Foscari against the evil punishments falsely inflicted on him by their sworn enemy, Loredano, despite the passionate interventions of Jacopo’s wife Lucrezia.

Composed in 1844, Verdi’s opera builds on the earlier successes of Nabucco and Ernani.  The 30-year-old composer is exploring new directions in dramatic structure, mood, characterisation and orchestral sonority, and even experimenting with ‘Leitmotif’ technique – a distinctive theme to depict each character in the drama – some years before Wagner.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Verdi’s rarely performed early masterpiece in all its brooding magnificence.

The conductor will be Matthew Kofi Waldren. The cast includes Andrii Kymach, Pablo Bemsch, Anush Hovhannisyan, Emyr Wyn Jones, Andrew Henley, Georgia Mae Bishop, John Vallance and Kevin Hollands  .

There will be a pre-performance talk, given by Jonathan Burton, at 5.15pm in the hall free for ticket holders.

Tickets are now on sale at Cadogan Hall.

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