Gaetano donizetti donizetti - nicola rescigno - lucia di lammermoor

Mariah Wilson, Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master
Brooke Stanton, Costume Designer
Dan Daly, Scenic Designer
Dennis Parichy, Lighting Designer
Rachel Shufelt, Hair and Make-up Designer Chorus Sarah Kornfeld
Kay Patterson
Jasmine Robison
Alexandra Dietrich
Katherine Maysek
Mauri Tetreault
Michael Merullo
Steven Myles
Jonathan Oakes
Ted Pales
Eduardo Ramos
RaShaun Campbell
Seth Grondin
Aaron Styles
Matthew Stansfield
Nathan Rodriguez Supernumeraries Jesse Martin
Sean Paul Cormier

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…Rossini’s farewell to operatic composition, Donizetti produced in Milan Anna Bolena (“Anne Boleyn”), with a libretto by Felice Romani, who worked with many opera composers of the time. It immediately placed him with Vincenzo Bellini as an inevitable successor to Rossini. What became clear only in retrospect was that it…

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Age 9: Got a scholarship to the Lezioni Caritatevoli school in Bergamo. He had excellent teachers including Simon Meyr, an important German opera composer and 3 years at the Liceo Filarmonico in Bologna with Padre Mattei, one of Rossini's teachers.
Age 20: Returned to Bergamo where his father wanted him to give music lessons which he didn't like, so he joined the army and was posted to Venice. While there his first opera to be staged was 'Enrico Comte di Borgogna'.
His next opera 'Zoraide de Granata' was so successful that he obtained a discharge from the army in order to be able to concentrate on composing.
Age 24 - 30: The Neapolitan impresario Domenico Barbaia spotted Donizetti and put him under contract to produce operas. He worked from Naples Rome and Milan.
Age 31: Marries Virginia.
Age 33: 'Anna Bolena' established him as an international
Age 39: Both parents die.
Age 40: His 29 year old wife Virginia dies of cholera.
Age 41: Moves to Paris. Remaining operas written in French.
Age 44: Moves to Vienna where he was appointed principal court conductor.
Age 45: Symptoms of syphilis and bipolar disorder.
Age 48: Stroke, paralysis and dementia. Commited to an asylum in Paris
Age 50: He was moved to his home town Bergamo where he soon dies.

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