Verdi's Il Corsaro 1Subscribe to our RSS feeds
26th Jul 2013 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Opera House
Lu sangue, lava lu sangue – Blood washes blood
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music presents Verdi's 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 see the invading corsair Corrado confront Seid, the evil Pasha who would brutally take Corrado’s life. Gulnara, the Pasha’s favoured concubine, tries to convince Corrado to kill Seid so she can pursue her newly-conceived passion for the young pirate. He refuses to act so dishonorably and she commits the bloody deed with her own hands – but things don’t end well….
Honouring Verdi in his 200th anniversary year, Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music presents the New Zealand premiere performances of this three act opera by the great Italian composer. Following Nabucco and Macbeth, and foreshadowing Rigoletto, La Traviata and Aida the opera is the work of a true master.
Sung in Italian, in the superb setting of the Opera House, Wellington, featuring a cast and orchestra of students who are among the new generation of this country’s operatic and orchestral stars, the opera is conducted by Kenneth Young and directed by Sara Brodie – who also led the creative team behind NZSM’s acclaimed productions of Handel’s Semele (2009) and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011).
Event admission: A, B, C Reserve and Concessions from $26.50–$61.50