February 19, 2017
IRINA LUNGU TO DEBUT THE ROLE OF GIULIETTA IN I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI AT THE TEATRO FILARMONICO OF VERONA
On February 19, 2017 Irina Lungu will debut the role of Giulietta in Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Teatro Filarmonico of Verona in a production by Arnaud Bernard conducted by Fabrizio Maria Carminati.
Giulietta is the first of three Bel canto heroines that Irina Lungu is adding to her already vast repertoire this season, the others being Elvira in I Puritani and the protagonist of Anna Bolena. “Bel canto is right now at the very heart of my repertoire, and I am devoting to it most of my study and attention. I am so excited about these upcoming debuts, roles I have long yearned to sing so as to widen my range of expressive possibilities.”
Shakespeare’s tragic heroine is not an entirely new character for Irina Lungu, though. “I have already sung the protagonist of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, here in Verona, at the Arena, in 2015; it goes without saying, Bellini’s creation is an entirely different character, a true Bel canto primadonna with all the responsibilities it entails.”
Irina Lungu opened the 2016/2017 season of the Teatro Regio of Turin as Mimì in La bohème, sang the same Puccini role at the Teatro San Carlo, Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna and returned to the Vienna State Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Liù in Turandot. Besides this Verona engagement and her debuts as Elvira in I Puritani in Modena, Piacenza as well as Reggio Emilia, and in the title role of Anna Bolena at the Opéra Grand Avignon other upcoming performances this season include the title role in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor in Bologna.
Information about I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Teatro Filarmonico of Verona:
Aya Wakizono/Alessia Nadir (Romeo), Irina Lungu/Rosanna Savoia (Giulietta), Shalva Mukeria/Matteo Falcier (Tebaldo), Romano dal Zovo (Lorenzo), Luiz Ottavio Faria (Capellio)
Fabrizio Maria Carminati (conductor), Arnaud Bernard (director)
Performances: February 19, 21, 23, 26, 2017