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I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI – OPERA PERFORMANCE
October 20, 2012 - 3:00 am
WSNC GROUP TICKETS – I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI
tickets will be sold exclusively through the San Francisco Opera Box Office on-line utilizing a special Wagner Society ticket portal. The Opera has generously offered a substantial discount to WSNC members, Information will be available mid-June. Please mark your calendar for the performance date.
The Bellini – Wagner Connection:
“Capuleti” was regarded by such a Romantic composer as Franz Liszt as hopelessly outdated, but his son-in-law, Richard Wagner, found merit in “Capuleti’s” music. Wagner was age 12 when Bellini died, but in time came to appreciate and defend Bellini’s melodic style of composition and bel canto singing.
In fact, Wagnerians may be surprised to know that Wilhelmine Schroeder-Devrient, the artist who created the roles of Senta in Wagner’s “Die Fliegende Hollaender” and Venus in Wagner’s “Tannhauser”, was simultaneously a famous “Capuleti” Romeo and she created the trouser role(!) of Adriano in Wagner’s first operatic success: “Rienzi”.
Wagner was conducting “Capuleti” around the time he was composing Das Liebesverbot.
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