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Pia de' Tolomei

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Hackney Empire291 Mare Street, Hackney, London, Greater London, E8 1EJ, United Kingdom
On Thursday 10 March 2016 at 19:30
English Touring Opera
John AndrewsConductor
James ConwayDirector
Loren ElsteinSet Designer
Elena XanthoudakisSopranoPia
Luciano BotelhoTenorGhino Degli Armieri
Grant DoyleBaritoneNello Della Pietra
Catherine CarbyMezzo-sopranoRodrigo
John-Colyn GyeanteyTenorUbaldo
Craig SmithBaritoneLamberto
Piotr LempaBassPiero
Susanna FairbairnMezzo-sopranoBice
Guy HoareLighting Designer
English Touring Opera Orchestra

Donizetti’s rarely performed Pia de’ Tolomei is drawn from an episode in Dante’s Divine Comedy in which a noblewoman is locked in a tower in the Maremma by her jealous husband, whose heart has been poisoned by a friend and kinsman – whose advances the innocent wife had rejected.

The characters are drawn with extraordinary intensity, and the two men in particular are reminiscent of Iago and Othello. This production, performed by an exceptional cast, should be a very special event.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles

Elena Xanthoudakis (Pia) © Jane Hobson
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