BBC Symphony Orchestra Mark Elder conductor Joyce El-Khoury Antonina Nicola Alaimo Belisario Russell Thomas Alamiro Camilla Roberts Irene Alastair Miles Giustiniano Julia Sporsen Eudora Peter Hoare Eutropio Graeme Broadbent Eusebio Darren Jeffrey Centurione BBC Singers
Sir Mark Elder has made it his mission in recent years to revive the fortunes of the great bel canto operas, with pioneering performances and persuasive, vivid recordings. In this concert staging, a collaboration with the Opera Rara record label, he tackles Donizetti’s lyric tragedy Belisario, which traces the fortunes of the 6th-century Byzantine General. It achieved huge popularity in its day and the title-role provides a marvellous vehicle for the talents of Sicilian baritone Nicola Alaimo. Prepare for a performance of high passion and drama from a wonderful cast, including rising Canadian star Joyce El-Khoury as the accusing wife Antonina and esteemed bass Alastair Miles as the Emperor Justinian.
Concert Performance. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
BBC SO Plus Study Afternoon 2.30-5.30pm, Frobisher Room 4 An afternoon exploring Donizetti’s Belisario Admission to the Study Afternoon is free to ticket-holders for the evening concert but please be aware that space is limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.