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Sat, Jul 13


The Performing Arts Center

Bellini's La Straniera at Purchase College

The second Bellini opera to reach America (New York, 1834, after Il Pirata in 1832) Verdi praised its “long long long melodies” and Wagner its “true passion and feeling.” Bellini wanted one tenor, got another, rewrote later for the first one, and then told everyone the previous version was better.

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Bellini's La Straniera at Purchase College
Bellini's La Straniera at Purchase College

Time & Location

Jul 13, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Performing Arts Center, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase, NY 10577, USA

About the event

The late Philip Gossett called La Straniera Bellini’s “most radical opera.” Written in 1829 to follow up Il Pirata, whose La Scala debut had made the young Sicilian the most sought-after composer in Italy, it is one of the most gorgeously melodic scores in all of opera, and at the same time one of the most uncompromisingly focused on psychological drama.


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