For the series of operas from ‘Festival Verdi’, the Alliance Française Toronto and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura present Due Foscari by director Joseph Franconi Lee and conductor Donato Renzetti.
Jacopo Foscari, son of the Doge of Venice, is convicted of murder and treason. His wife Lucrezia is sure of his innocence. But the Doge, trapped by the machinations of a corrupt city, is forced to make a terrible decision. The Doge is presented with a deathbed confession that confirms Jacopo's innocence; that moment, a horrified Lucrezia brings news of Jacopo's death. The Council of Ten demands the Doge's resignation. As the bells of St Mark’s sound, he falls lifeless to the ground.
In the cast: Leo Nucci (Francesco Foscari), Roberto de Biasio (Jacopo Foscari), Tatiana Serjan (Lucrezia Contarini), Roberto Tagliavini (Jacopo Loredano), Gregory Bonfatti (Barbarigo), Marcella Polidori (Pisana), Mauro Buffoli (Fante), Alessandro Bianchini (Servo del Doge); Parma Teatro Regio Chorus and Orchestra (chorus master: Martino Faggiani). Recorded live from the Teatro Regio di Parma in 2009.
Alliance Française Toronto and Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, in collaboration with the Festival Verdi in Parma and Busseto (Italy), present the screening of four of Verdi's operas produced and recorded by the Verdi Festival.
The Verdi Festival is the first international festival dedicated exclusively to the study and production of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, the most performed opera composer. The festival takes place every year around October 10th, Verdi's birthday, in Parma and Busseto, the land where the Maestro was born and lived. The Festival was inaugurated in 2001, the centennial of the death of the great composer, and has had such illustrious conductors.