June 9, 2023

Carlo il Calvo (by N. A. Porpora) on tour in June 2023

Parnassus Arts Productions will resume its performances of Nicola Antonio Porpora’s opera Carlo il Calvo in June 2023. Two performances in concert version of this magnificent opera will be given on Wednesday, 14th June, at 8 pm at Milano’s Scala and on Sunday, 18th June, 6 pm at Dortmund’s Konzerthaus as part of the Klangvokalmusik festival. Musical direction will be in the trusted hands of George Petrou, since 2022 artistic director of the Händelfestspiele Göttingen. Armonia Atenea will perform the concerts.

The three major roles of Adalgiso, Lottario and Gildippe, will, like on the CD and in the Bayreuth Baroque Opernfestival, be sung by star countertenor Franco Fagioli, artistic director of Bayreuth Baroque, singer, director, producer and impresario, Max Emanuel Cencic, and the brilliant Julia Lezhneva.

Young, French, living in Aachen and currently enganged in the role of Manon at Theater Aachen, soprano Suzanne Jerosme, will impress us as Giuditta. A third countertenor voice will come from male soprano Dennis Orellana as Berardo, who sang this role already in 2021 at the El Escorial Festival and will have his debut at the Salzburger Festspiele with it in this summer. Eduige will be interpreted by Ambroisine Bre, and the tenor part of Asprando by Stefan Sbonnik.

After the show there will be copies of the new CD Carlo il Calvo offered for purchase. It can be ordered at www.parnassus-shop.com as well.

We are delighted to have Armonia Atenea play this concert on instruments from that period.


Carlo il Calvo cast:

musical direction: George Petrou

Lottario: Max Emanuel Cencic
Adalgiso: Franco Fagioli
Gildippe: Julia Lezhneva
Giuditta: Suzanne Jerosme
Berardo: Dennis Orellana
Asprando: Stefan Sbonnik
Eduige: Ambroisine Bre

orchestra: Armonia Atenea

We wish all participants a successful performance and the audiences of Milano and Dortmund a wonderful journey into the works of Baroque composer Porpora with a spectacular Carlo in Calvo.