Following last night's tragic events, the concert has been cancelled.
For all information a telephone line will be open on saturday until 6 pm and on Monday from 11 am at 01 49 52 50 50
Evelino Pidò direction
Patrizia Ciofi Zelmira
Antonino Siragusa Ilo
Sergey Romanovsky Antenore
Marianna Pizzolato Emma
Michele Pertusi Polidore
Patrick Bolleire Leucippe
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
Chœurs de l’Opéra de Lyon direction Philip White
Zelmira, created in 1822 is the last of the nine opere serie which Rossini wrote for Naples. Like all of the other works by the musician, be they seria or buffa, it is governed by what could be termed the “pleasure principle”, combining a treat for the ears with mastery of technique. In Zelmira, pleasure has the upper hand even in the darkest moments (plots and attempted regicide), and Rossini endows his heroes and traitors alike with the attribute of elegance. The richness of the vocal line, as ever, provides the basis for the psychology (and inevitable seduction) of his characters. Although the celebration of the voices is evident largely in their virtuosity, they are also carried with great subtlety by the orchestral score. Rossini is virtually without peer as the master of an infinite succession of pleasurable moments.