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Performance

VenueArts Theatre
TownCambridge
CountyCambridgeshire
From26th May 2015
To26th May 2015
When19:30
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The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais)

T0312895697
What is it that a citizen owes to his city or country? This is the question posed by Donizetti's rarely performed bel conto epic. It is the story of the burghers of Calais (depicted by Rodin in his famous sculpture outside the Houses of Parliament), citizens who offer up their lives to save their city from a besieging army. Their sacrifice is quiet, ordinary, sublime - and it culminates in one of the most moving ensembles in all of opera, the momentous O sacra polve, o suol natio (O Sacred Earth). The opera also includes poignant, intimate scenes between the young couple at the heart of the drama and between the leader of the city and his anguished followers. Meanwhile, at the gates, the triumphant Edward III shouts for blood.
Music Donizetti
Lyrics Salvatore Cammarano


Archive :: production:T0312895697, opera or operetta:S1757072858, venue:V19

Production details

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Company

Company English Touring Theatre
Conductor Jeremy Silver
Director James Conway
Design Samal Blak
Performer Craig Smith (Eustachio)
Performer Paula Sides (Eleonora)
Performer Catherine Carby (Aurelio)
Performer Helen Sherman (Aurelio)
Performer Grant Doyle (Edoardo)
Performer Nicholas Merryweather (Edoardo)
Performer Matthew Stiff (Pietro de Wisants)
Performer Andrew Glover (Giovanni)
Performer Matt R J Ward (Giacomo de Wisants)
Performer Jan Capinski (Armando)
Performer Peter Brathwaite (Incognito)

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