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The Sunday Opera: Vincezo Bellini's "I Puritani" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Join us as we travel to 17th century England this week (7/1 3:00 p.m.) in a production of Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Puritani” from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Set during the English Civil War in 1640, the story deals with lovers caught in a web of intrigue, the sense of duty, and unrelenting loyalties.  The cast includes Albina Shagimuratova, Lawrence Brownlee, Adrian Sampetrean, and Lauren Decker with Enrique Mazzolla conducting.  

Join Michael Kownacky after the opera for more music of Bellini including his Mass in D major for Four Voices, Chorus, and Orchestra as well as two pieces based on his opera themes by others: Sigismond Thalberg’s Fantasie on Motifs in Beatrice di Tenda and Jean Baptiste Arban’s Variations on Norma.

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.