2013 – Il corsaro

Poster image used for the opera 'Il corsaro'

Lu sangue, lava lu sangue – 'Blood Washes Blood'

In 2013, the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, NZSM presented his three act opera Il Corsaro – a tale of high adventure, of pirates and plunder, flame and blood, nobility and cruelty, true love and impatient passion.

Set in an exotic land of cruel sultans and alluring harems, we saw the invading corsair Corrado confront Seid, the evil Pasha who vengefully tried to take Corrado’s life. Gulnara, the Pasha’s favoured concubine, tried to convince Corrado to kill Seid so she could pursue her newly-conceived passion for the young pirate. He refused to act so dishonorably leaving her to commit the bloody deed with her own hands – but things didn’t end well….

The four-perfomance season was a New Zealand premiere. Sung in Italian with English surtitles, in the superb setting of The Opera House Wellington, the season featured a cast and orchestra of the emerging generation of this country’s operatic and orchestral stars – with a double cast of the main characters.  The opera was conducted by Kenneth Young and directed by Sara Brodie and assistant director Frances Moore, with set design from Tony De Goldi, costume design by Daphne Erikson and lighting by Hannah Rogers.

You can find images from the rehearsals and from the performances on the NZSM Flickr pages.

You can download the full programme booklet for the opera here [PDF: 6.2MB]

Videos of the Sunday 28 July performance (without surtitles) are on the NZSM Vimeo channel: Act 1, Act 2 and Act 3

Reviews of the performances can be read here: Dominion Post, Middle C (Frances Robinson), Middle C (Peter Mechen), and Live Reporting. Lindis Taylor's review, published in London 'Opera' magazine's December edition was republished in expanded form on Middle C.