It’s All About Rossini at OperaDelaware’s 2017 Festival

By Katharine Baran

OperaDelaware will celebrate the 225th anniversary of Rossini’s birth by performing “Semiramide” and “La Cenerentola” as a part of the company’s 2017 festival.

Starting on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. OperaDelaware presents Rossini’s final Italian opera, “Semiramide.” This rarely performed masterpiece will appear again on May 7 at 2:00 p.m. Maestro Anthony Barrese will conduct as Dean Anthony directs.

Soprano Lindsay Ohse will star as Semiramide while mezzo-soprano Aleksandra Romano plays Arsace, Tenor Timothy Augustin takes on Idreno, and bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs appears as Assur.

Also being showcased at The Grand is Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” or as it’s better known, “Cinderella.” There will be two shows, one on Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 and Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The production will feature mezzo-soprano Megan Marino as Angelina, tenor Jack Swanson as Ramiro, baritone Sean Anderson as Dandini, and baritone Steven Condy as Don Magnifico. Maestro Michael Borowitz will conduct while A. Scott Parry directs.

The OperaDelaware Orchestra and Chorus will accompany both “Semiramide” and “La Cenerentola.” With each performance being sung in Italian they will have English supertitles projected above the stage.

Pre-show lectures will open up one hour before each presentation in the Wesler Room.