Thursday Opera Matinee - Otto Nicolai's Il Templario'

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Otto Nicolai is now best remembered for his German singspiel Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. However, this was somewhat of an anomaly in his operatic output. He actually began his composing career in Italy, and produced some half-dozen operas in the Italian bel canto style, before taking up successive positions in Vienna and Berlin. Il templario is one such work.

Il templario, which premiered in 1840, sets a libretto by Girolamo Maria Marini, based on Walter Scott's medieval novel Ivanhoe. It focuses on the cultural clash between Christian and Jews in the Middle Ages. The French crusader Briano di Bois-Gilbert confronts Vilfredo di Ivanhoe who has offered protection to Briano's Jewish slave Rebecca. Rebecca has saved Vilfredo's life, and has fallen in love with him: for him, she is ready to leave her faith and convert. But Vilfredo is in love with Rovena, and in spite of some initial resistance from his father, he finally marries her, while Rebecca dies out of despair.

The score was destroyed during World War II. However, in 2006 music historian Michael Wittmann reconstructed the German edition which had been subsequently found in Naples. The opera was then revived in Chemnitz in 2008. The vocal score is pure belcanto - perfectly suited to this Salzburg Festival cast, which includes tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

2pm - Otto Nicolai: Il templario

Cedrico il Sassone ... Adrian Sâmpetrean (bass)

Vilfredo d'Ivanhoe ... Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)

Rovena ... Kristiane Kaiser (soprano)

Luca di Beaumanoir ... Armando Pina (baritone)

Briano di Bois Guilbert ... Luca Salsi (baritone)

Isacco di York ... Franz Supper (tenor)

Rebecca ... Clémentine Margaine (mezzo-soprano)

Salzburg Bach Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrés Oroczo-Estrada (conductor).

AO320170316

Otto Nicolai is now best remembered for his German singspiel Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. However, this was somewhat of an anomaly in his operatic output. He actually began his composing career in Italy, and produced some half-dozen operas in the Italian bel canto style, before taking up successive positions in Vienna and Berlin. Il templario is one such work.

Il templario, which premiered in 1840, sets a libretto by Girolamo Maria Marini, based on Walter Scott's medieval novel Ivanhoe. It focuses on the cultural clash between Christian and Jews in the Middle Ages. The French crusader Briano di Bois-Gilbert confronts Vilfredo di Ivanhoe who has offered protection to Briano's Jewish slave Rebecca. Rebecca has saved Vilfredo's life, and has fallen in love with him: for him, she is ready to leave her faith and convert. But Vilfredo is in love with Rovena, and in spite of some initial resistance from his father, he finally marries her, while Rebecca dies out of despair.

The score was destroyed during World War II. However, in 2006 music historian Michael Wittmann reconstructed the German edition which had been subsequently found in Naples. The opera was then revived in Chemnitz in 2008. The vocal score is pure belcanto - perfectly suited to this Salzburg Festival cast, which includes tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

2pm - Otto Nicolai: Il templario

Cedrico il Sassone... Adrian Sâmpetrean (bass)

Vilfredo d'Ivanhoe... Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)

Rovena... Kristiane Kaiser (soprano)

Luca di Beaumanoir... Armando Pina (baritone)

Briano di Bois Guilbert... Luca Salsi (baritone)

Isacco di York... Franz Supper (tenor)

Rebecca... Clémentine Margaine (mezzo-soprano)

Salzburg Bach Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrés Oroczo-Estrada (conductor).