For the series of operas from ‘Festival Verdi’, Alliance Française Toronto and Istituto Italiano di Cultura present Verdi's 1850 opera STIFFELIO.
Andrea Battistoni conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma in this sweeping performance of Verdi’s rarely heard opera, led by Roberto Aronica in the title role of a Protestant minister. Yu Guanqun is his wife, Lina, who has been lured into adultery, leaving Stiffelio caught between his desire for revenge and his religion’s admonition to forgive.
This Teatro Regio di Parma production also stars Roberto Frontali as Stankar, Lina’s father, Gabriele Mangione as her lover, Raffaele, and George Andguladze as Jorg.
Recorded live at the Teatro Regio di Parma, 18 and 24 April, 2012
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.