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I Lombardi alla

prima crociata


2011 Sarasota Opera Production

February 26; March 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 20


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Dramma Lirico In Four Acts, Sung In Italian
Poetry by Temistocle Solera
Based on the epic poem by Tommaso Grossi



Victor DeRenzi

Stage Director

Martha Collins

Scenic Designer

Jeffrey W. Dean

Costume Designer

Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Lighting Designer

Ken Yunker

Wigs & Make-Up Designer

Georgianna Eberhard

Chorus Master

Roger L. Bingaman

Assistant Conductors

Gary Casity, Jamison Livsey

Surtitle Supplier

Words For Music

Surtitle Translator

Victor DeRenzi


New Production Created By Sarasota Opera





Part I

Arvino, son of Folco, Lord Of Rò

Mathew Edwardsen

Pagano, son of Folco, Lord Of Rò

Kevin Short

Viclinda, Arvino’s wife

Lindsay Ohse*

Giselda, Arvino’s daughter

Abla Lynn Hamza

Pirro, Arvino’s squire

Benjamin Gelfand

The Prior Of The City Of Milan

Heath Huberg*


Part II

Acciano, tyrant of Antioch

Jeffrey Beruan*

Oronte, his son

Rafael Dávila

Arvino, leader of the Lombard Crusaders

Mathew Edwardsen

Giselda, his daughter

Abla Lynn Hamza

Sofia, Acciano’s wife, a secretly converted Christian

Sarah Larsen*

Pirro, renegade

Benjamin Gelfand

A hermit

Kevin Short


* Studio Artist

Sarasota Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists






“If big exciting music with great singing is your thing, I Lombardi is your ticket to opera heaven.”
—June LeBell, The Observer


“A musically impressive performance.”
—Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times


“Sarasota Opera offered a rousing performance of I Lombardi making a case that this opera deserves to be rescued from the fringes of the repertoire.”
—Lawrence A. Johnson, Opera Magazine


(Photos: Rod Millington / Sarasota Opera)


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