Broadcasts from the San Francisco Opera continue at noon this Saturday, September 22, with a performance of Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti. Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto after the play by Victor Hugo, in its turn after the legend of Lucrezia Borgia. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately two hours and forty-five minutes.
Renée Fleming, “America’s most-loved and most-lauded opera singer” (The Times, London), returns to San Francisco Opera in the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. A femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. The silken-voiced soprano sings this touchstone role “with raw intensity and earthy richness, utterly inhabiting the character” (The New York Times). She will be joined by "rising American tenor Michael Fabiano [who] shone as Gennaro, his warm lyric tone founded on long-breathed phrasing and a well-shaped line" (Opera News), and bass Vitalij Kowaljow, who sings with a “potent blend of vocal weight and emotional transparency” (San Francisco Chronicle); mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, whose "big, bright and pleasing voice was wonderful as Orsini" (The New York Times); and led by internationally acclaimed conductor Riccardo Frizza.
Lucrezia Borgia: Renée Fleming
Maffio Orsini: Elizabeth DeShong
Gennaro: Michael Fabiano
Alfonso d’Este: Vitalij Kowaljow
Rustighello: Daniel Montenegro
Jeppo Liverotto: Christopher Jackson
Oloferno Vitellozzo: Brian Jagde
Apostolo Gazello: Austin Kness
Astolfo: Ryan Kuster
Ascanio Petrucci: Ao Li
Gubetta: Igor Vieira