Tyrolean festival Erl - winter
Gustav Kuhn’s staging of Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell was the first production from Erl that the ORF recorded and broadcasted on the final weekend of the past summer season in a prime-time slot. And now another largely unknown masterpiece by Rossini: Semiramide – another feather in Erl’s flourishing bel canto cap. Erl is the centre for beautiful young voices and true bel canto, and we want to prove this with a select cast of singers and an orchestra committed to Rossini in our new production of Semiramide.
Gioacchino Rossini’s last opera seria was played during the 19th century more frequently than any other work by the composer. One reason may be that besides spectacular solo numbers and ensembles it portrays more so than in any other work by Rossini the archetypal struggle of the protagonists to escape from their own fate, to retain control over their life and the resulting complex attendant circumstances, and thus ultimately having to decide fatefully between murder as revenge and matriarchal love.