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Bellini I Puritani

From 07 September TO 16 September 2022
Teatro di San Carlo - Napoli

Bellini : I Puritani

  • Conductor
    Giacomo Sagripanti
  • Director
    Emilio Sagi
  • Performers
    Elvira: Lisette Oropesa
    Arturo: Xabier Anduaga
    Riccardo: Davide Luciano
    Giorgio: Alexandros Stavrakakis
    Enrichetta: Chiara Tirotta
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Teatro di San Carlo - Napoli Location Via San Carlo, 98F - 80132 Napoli Italie

  • Venue's Capacity: 1386

The "San Carlo" is the world's oldest opera house still in activity. Right from the start, in 1737, people came from far and wide to admire the theatre's excellent 42-musician orchestra, and to applaud the castratos trained at the Naples Conservatory (like the famous Farinelli), as well as divas known by their nicknames, "la Parruchierrina," or "la Bastarella," for example. And the house in itself, with its sumptuous architecture and no less than six stories of boxes, was no minor attraction: Stendhal was enchanted by the hall's charm, and Paul Klee was fascinated by what he described as this "superb, heavy, and obscure theatre."

In 1816, fire burned down the theatre, and Ferdinand de Bourbon reconstructed an identical building with amazing speed, for Naples, robbed of its opera house, was plunged in mourning, and threatened to not support its sovereign. Let's not forget that at that time, the reign of Domenico Barbaja (nicknamed "The Prince of Impresarios" by Alexander Dumas) had already begun brilliantly. In 1815. this Milanese ex-cafe waiter, who is often credited with the invention of whipped-cream, had had the brilliant idea of hiring Gioacchino Rossini in person as the theatre's artistic director. This exceptional LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for the San Carlo), while launching, in 1826, a young composer called Vincenzo Bellini. The Neapolitan stage became the place where several singers' careers were made or broken; the famous French tenor Adolphe Nourrit, for example, who considered that the applause had not been sufficient, commited suicide after a performance at the San Carlo. The composer Saverio Mercadante then won the favours of the San Carlo's notorious audience, to such an extent that Verdi at first felt ill at ease in the theatre. Only to better triumph in 1872, when he organized an entire season, and had an orchestra pit added.

During the twentieth century, the stars of the Scala have sometimes overshadowed those of the San Carlo, an historic rivalry that has always existed, in a country where music lovers must choose sides. But the Neapolitan stage defends itself by ever enriching, even to this day, the world's largest repertoire of works ever premiered in an opera house, while legendary singers, such as Beniamino Gigli (who performed in the theatre from 1915 to 1953), have always remained exceptionally faithful to the San Carlo audience, which also happens to be one of the warmest anyone could imagine.

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I Puritani



I puritani is a renowned opera in three acts by the Vincenzo Bellini. This is his very last play. The wordings of this play are by Carlo Pepoli, and are based on the Tetes rondes et cavaliers by Jacques-Francois Ancelot and Joseph Xavier Saintine. This was based on Walters Scott's narrative Old mortality. I puritani opera have eminent intoxicating melodies, which makes the play to be dramatic and enjoyable for any first time operagoer. It is an attention-grabbing and rib-cracking opera with stunning episodes, and attending its performance you will be entertained. The play is based on disgusting love between Elvira, Ricardo and Arturo, where Ricardo was the lover chosen by Elvira's father to marry her. The play finally ends with Arturo who had betrayed Elvira reuniting with her.




The play was initially produced at the Theatre Italien in Paris, in 1835. Concurrently Bellini composed another edition intended for renowned Maria Malibran who was supposed to recite it in Naples. Unfortunately she died exactly a year subsequent to the day after the writer. This edition was not staged until April 1986, when it was performed at the Teatro Petruzelli, Bari by Katia Riciarelli.




In Plymouth, the puritan soldiers foresee triumph over the Royalists troops. Elvira, the offspring of Lord Walton she is in affection with Lord Arthur Talbot and the two are looking forward to get married. Ricardo in secret loves Elvira, whom her father has assured a hand in nuptial. Elvira reveals to his uncle Giorgio that she would rather die than marrying Ricardo, his uncle reassures her that she would persuade his father to allow her marry her lover Arturo the Royalist. Arturo arrives for the nuptial; Elvira sings ecstatically but unfortunately drops her nuptial veil as she rushes to be ready for the wedding ceremony. Arturo uses the cloak to disguise another lady Enrichetta thus enabling her to escape. On the way they encounter Ricardo but on learning that Arturo was not with Elvira he allows them to escape. Elvira on learning that she feels betrayed by her lover and she runs mad.


Act 2


Lord Walton's brother Giorgio receives the news of Elvira's insanity. Ricardo arrives and breaks news of Arturo sentenced to death by parliament. In her lunacy Elvira mistakes Ricardo for Arturo and she imaginings for her nuptials. Giorgio pleads Ricardo to assist Elvira. Ricardo vows to kill Arturo if he is found fighting for the Royalists in the looming fight.


Act 3


In Elvira's backyard, Arturo conscious of the risk, he requests to collaborate with Elvira. Elvira is joyous to meet him and when he embraces her she cries uncontrollably as she fears that Arturo would leave her again. Elvira declares her love for Arturo. Militia forces dash in to take into custody Arturo. Immediately a diplomatic arrives and breaks the news of the Royalists final defeat and official pardon for all wrongdoers. The surprise of this information reinstates Elvira's senses and all rejoice in harmony as she embraces Arturo with a lot of happiness.




Elvira, betrothed to Arturo, soprano

Ricardo, the puritan leader in love with Elvira, baritone

Sir Giorgio, Elvira's uncle, bass

Lord Arthur Talbot, Arturo, of the cavaliers, tenor

Benno Robertson, of the puritan, tenor Henrietta, of France, widow of Charles I, soprano

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