New Amsterdam Opera to Present Rare Performance of ‘Lucrezia Borgia’

By Logan Martell

On May 20, 2023, New Amsterdam Opera will preset Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia” in a one-night-only performance at The Sanctuary Theater at The Center at West Park in New York City.

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Keith Chamber will lead the NAO Orchestra and Chorus in this seldom-staged bel canto work, with the last fully-orchestrated performance being done in 2000 by Opera Orchestra of New York.

The cast will star Toni Marie Palmertree in the title role, Todd Thomas as Alfonso, Madison Marie McIntosh as Maffio, Eric Botto as Gennaro, Scott Rubén la Marca as Liverotto, Jordan Weatherston Pitts as Vitellozzo, James Danner as Rustighello, Wilbert Kellerman as Petrucci and Astolfo, and Nate Mattingly as Gazella and Gubetta.

“Lucrezia Borgia” had its world premiere on Dec. 26, 1833 at La Scala and was championed by such 20th century sopranos as Leyla Gencer, Montserrat Caballé, Beverly Sills, Dame Joan Sutherland, and Edita Gruberová.

The company has previously presented performances of “La Dame Blanche,” “La Forza del Destino,” “I Vespri Siciliani,” “Hériodade,” and “La Favorita,” among other operas.