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    Gioachino Rossini 

    A great opera seria by Rossini served up by no less great a performer in the title role than Karine Deshayes.

    Photo de Karine Deshayes © Aymeric Giraudel
    Karine Deshayes © Aymeric Giraudel
    Photo de Franco Fagioli © Igor Studio
    Franco Fagioli © Igor Studio
    Photo de Valentina Peleggi © Bo Lutoslawski
    Valentina Peleggi © Bo Lutoslawski

    Karine Deshayes | Semiramide
    Franco Fagioli | Arsace
    Giorgi Manoshvili | Assur
    Alasdair Kent | Idreno
    Mara Gaudenzi | Azema
    Antonio Di Matteo | Oroe
    Cast to be completed

    Valentina Peleggi | direction
    Opéra de Rouen Normandie Orchestra
    Chœur accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie | direction Vito Lombardi 

    The opera season draws to a close with Rossini’s Semiramide this evening, followed by An Italian Women in Algiers tomorrow. Let us begin with Semiramide. The libretto for this “tragic melodrama” inspired by Voltaire is by Gaetano Rossi, who ten years earlier wrote Tancredi for Rossini based on the same author. Semiramide is Rossini’s longest opera seria, but its scale should not deter audiences as the form of the ensemble is nigh on perfect. We can detect a rare overall balance between the dramatic and powerful subject matter and a highly elegant treatment. The sincerity of love counterbalances treachery and the libretto contains many sudden plot twists. The vocal virtuosity required is enormous, yet absolutely exquisite. The opera seria genre was neglected for many years, but is now making a comeback on the stage, championed by performers who can meet its exacting standards. Karine Deshayes is undoubtedly one of the great singers who can perform this repertoire with the skill it requires.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées