November 24, 2023

Standing ovations for Il Venceslao in Herne

There was a very enthusiastic standing ovation with never-ending applause after the performance of Il Venceslao (opera by Antonio Caldara) on November 12, 2023 at the Kulturzentrum as part of the Tage der Alten Musik festival. Parnassus Arts Productions has remained true to its reputation as a rediscoverer of unknown baroque operas, some of which have not been performed since the 18th century. In this spirit, we present the revival of Il Venceslao.

The musical direction was in the hands of Martyna Pastuszka, resident conductor of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2022, who led the {oh!} Orkiestra, which she founded, with proven high quality. Star countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic, artistic director of Bayreuth Baroque, singer, director, producer and impresario, shone in the title role. The large and important roles of Lucinda and Casimiro were sung with bravura by Suzanne Jerosme and Nicholas Tamagna

The young Croatian contralto Sonja Runje, who lives in Stuttgart, impressed as Erenice. The German tenor Stefan Sbonnik sang the role of Fernando gloriously. The roles of Gismondo and Alessandro were in the hands of Pavel Kudinov and Dennis Orellana.

We were delighted to have performed this opera on period instruments with the dynamic sound of the orchestra {oh!} Orkiestra.

Il Venceslao cast:

Musical direction: Martyna Pastuszka

Venceslao: Max Emanuel Cencic
Lucinda: Suzanne Jerosme
Casimiro: Nicholas Tamagna
Fernando: Stefan Sbonnik
Erenice: Sonja Runje
Gismondo: Pavel Kudinov
Alessandro: Dennis Orellana

Orchestra: {oh!} Orkiestra