August 9, 16 & 23
On the Friday evenings of August 9th, 16th and 23rd, Stingray Classica presents some never-before seen works by some of the greatest opera composers! Stingray Classica first presents the seldomly performed Guillaume Tell, a comic opera by the Belgian composer Grétry (1741-1813). Not to be confused with the famous Guillaume Tell by Rossini! The Opéra de Monte-Carlo performs the immensely popular Ernani, a four-act opera by Giuseppe Verdi in a beautiful staging by Jean-Louis Grinda. The following week, the opera special continues with Puccini’s lyrical drama Manon Lescaut, staged at Opera La Monnaie in Brussels.
Friday, August 9th | Grétry - Guillaume Tell
The Belgian composer André Ernest Modeste Grétry composed his version of Guillaume Tell. This opéra comique in three acts is performed at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, in Liège, under the baton of Claudio Scimone. Soloists are Marc Laho, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Lionel Lhote, Liesbeth Devos, and Patrick Delcour. It was first performed by the Comédie-Italienne, in Paris, in 1791. The opera never became very famous because Rossini’s version of Guillaume Tell gained preference after the premiere in 1829. Therefore, this production of Guillaume Tell in 2013 at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie is very special.
Friday, August 16th | Verdi – Ernani
The four-act opera Ernani by Verdi was performed by the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, in 2014. Verdi based his opera Ernani on the play “Hernani” by Victor Hugo. Librettist Francesco Maria Piave wrote the texts for this well-known opera. Ever since the first performance in 1844, the opera was immensely popular. It became Verdi’s most popular opera until it was superseded by “Il trovatore,” in 1853. Today, Ernani is still a regularly performed opera all over the world. This performance, with a beautiful staging by Jean-Louis Grinda, is conducted by Daniele Callegari. Renowed solists perform with the Choeur & Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. The solo parts are sung by Ramon Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Alexander Vinogradov, Svetla Vassileva, Karine Ohanyan, Maurizio Pace, and Gabriele Ribis.
Friday, August 23rd | Puccini - Manon Lescaut
Manon Lescaut received thirty standing ovations when Giacomo Puccini’s work was first performed in Turin, in 1893. The Monnaie is banking on the exceptional partnership between the conductor Carlo Rizzi and a new arrival, the Polish director, Mariusz Trelinski, for this long-awaited return to the Brussels stage because the opera was last performed there 37 years ago. The opera returns to La Monnaie with an all-star cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek, in the role of Manon, Brandon Jovanovich in the role of Knight Des Grieux, and Aris Argiris as Lescaut.The Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of La Monnaie perform a unique staging of Manon Lescaut.