Alzira

 

2000 Sarasota Opera Production

March 11, 14, 16, 19m, 22, 26

 

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Lyric Tragedy In A Prologue And Two Acts, Sung In Italian
Poetry By Salvadore Cammarano
Based On The Tragedy Alzire, ou Les Américains By Voltaire

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Conductor

Victor DeRenzi


Stage Director

James Furlong


Scenic Designer

David P. Gordon


Costume Designer

Howard Tsvi Kaplan


Lighting Designer

Barry Steele


Wigs And Make-Up Designer

Elsen Associates


Chorus Preparation

Roger L. Bingaman


Assistant Conductor

John Di Costanzo


Surtitle Supplier

Words For Music


Surtitle Translation

Victor DeRenzi

 

New Production Created By Sarasota Opera

 

Cast

 

Alvaro, Governor of Peru

David Langan


Gusmano, his son

William Andrew Stuckey


Ovando, a Spanish leader

Daniel Cafiero*


Zamoro, Chief of a Peruvian tribe

Matthew Kirchner


Ataliba, Chief of a Peruvian tribe

Daniel Cole*


Alzira, his daughter

Suzanne Balaes


Zuma, Alzira's maid

Jacqueline Venable


Otumbo, a warrior

Charles Reid

 

* Studio Artist

 

Sarasota Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Sarasota Opera Apprentices 

 

 

Reviews

 

 

“It is possible that the composer never experienced a better performance of it than Sarasota’s.”
—Roger Steiner, Crítica Internacional

 

“It’s probably safe to say that Sarasota Opera’s production of Alzira is definitive.”
—John Fleming, St. Petersburg Times

 

“Sarasota Opera is like a treasure chest where many gems may be found.”
—Chip Ludlow, Venice Gondolier

 

“With a vocally gifted cast of vigorous young singers, the opera makes a surprisingly dramatic impact.”
—Florence Fisher, Sarasota Herald Tribune

 

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