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The Sunday Opera: "Adina" from the Rossini Opera Festival, Foggia


We’ll begin a series of European opera productions brought to us through RAI, Italian National Public Broadcasting, and the first opera comes to us from Foggia and the Rossini Opera Festival on this week’s Sunday Opera (8/4 3:00 p.m.).  “Adina” is a somewhat forgotten 1826 “farsa” that looks to the same source material for “The Abduction from the Seraglio” for its story about a lost daughter, Adina, who is recognized by her father, the Calaph, just before she is to be put to death for trying to run away with the man she loves.  

The cast includes Lisette Orapesa, Vito Priante, David Giangregorio, and Levy Sekgapane with Diego Matteuz, conducting.  We’ll be staying in the realm of the seraglio – sorta – after the opera with the complete incidental music to a stage version of “Aladdin” by Carl Nielsen, the Arabia Rhapsody Suite of Lydia Kakabadse, and, of course, the wonderful Scheherazade of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.