From Puccini to Leoncavallo, it is still ‘Bhoème’ to Bellini Catania

(ANSA) – CATANIA, DECEMBER 09 – It will still be Bohème, that of Ruggero Leoncavallo who has always suffered from comparison with Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, at the Vincenzo Bellini maximum theater in Catania. A few days after the conclusion of the performances of Puccini’s Bohème, which inaugurated the opera season, the Etna opera body offers an immediate comparison with the ‘twin’, which will be performed for the first time in Catania, Sunday 11 and Tuesday 13 December, as part of the concert season.

The baton of Fabrizio Maria Carminati, artistic director of the Bellini, returns to the podium, who will lead the orchestra and chorus of the theatre. An opportunity not to be missed to listen live to the little-attended score by the Neapolitan composer, which also differs on a narrative level, more faithful to the same literary source, ‘Scènes de la vie de bohème’ by Henry Mürger.

The vocal soloists are of high quality. The story of the two young couples will relive through the voices of Selene Zanetti (Mimì), Gaston Rivero (Marcello), Elena Belfiore (Musette), Luca Bruno (Rodolfo). The cast is completed by: Domenico Balzani (Schaunard), Roberto Lorenzi (Colline), Gianni Luca Giuga (Barbemouche), Blagoj Nacoski (a vulgar, a gentleman), Monica Minarelli (Eufemia), Saverio Pugliese (Gaudenzio, Durand), Paolo Ciavarelli ( Viscount Paul). Also of clear fame is the choir master Luigi Petrozziello.

The Bellini of Catania thus resumes a tradition which, without renouncing and alongside the productions, also provides for the performance of titles in concert form. Nor will it be an isolated case: Leoncavallo’s La Bohème opens the cycle “The musical theater in concert”, which will continue with Sub tutela Dei. For Judge Livatino, music by Matteo Musumeci, libretto by Vincenzo Vitale, a work expressly commissioned by the Teatro Massimo Bellini to commemorate the young magistrate barbarously murdered by the mafia. .