Zuzana Marková & Simone Piazzola

11/5/2018, 19:30, Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague

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Zuzana Marková & Simone Piazzola

Czech soprano Zuzana Marková and Italian baritone Simone Piazzola are coming to Prague with a programme of arias and duets from famous Italian operas. It includes a duet of Violetta and Giorgio Germont from Verdi’s La traviata, an opera in which the two young artists have actually already appeared opposite each other on stage, in Palermo in the spring of 2017.

An internationally widely acclaimed singer, Zuzana Marková has to her credit guest appearances in many opera houses in Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany. Commending her 2014 debut in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Forum Opéra online magazine’s critic wrote, „A star is born...“. While Zuzana Marková’s vocal domain is the Italian repertoire (Lucia di Lammermoor, Violetta in La traviata, Anna Bolena, Elvira in I puritani), in March 2018 she also excelled in a French opera creation, in the challenging role of Manon in a production of the Massenet opera in Cologne, a creation which earned her plaudits of audience and critics alike.

Italian baritone Simone Piazzola won second prize in the 2013 edition of Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia Competition. The 33-year-old singer receives frequent invitations from major opera houses. In 2014 he made his debut at Milan’s La Scala (as Luna in Il trovatore), followed by first appearances at the Vienna State Opera (as Amonasro in Aida) in 2016; New York’s Metropolitan Opera (as Marcello in La bohème) and London’s Covent Garden (as Posa in Don Carlo), both in 2017. In the coming months he will be creating the roles of Renato (Un ballo in maschera) and Giorgio Germont (La traviata) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; or Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Marcello (La bohème) at Dresden’s Semper Opera, among other commitments. In September 2018 he will return to the Metropolitan Opera for more appearances as Marcello.

Program

VINCENZO BELLINI (1801–1835)
Qui la voce sua soave... Vien, diletto (Elvira Walton)
I puritani, Act II

GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797–1848)
Vien, Leonora! (Alfonso XI)
La favorita Act II
 
Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia)
Lucia di Lamermoor, Act I

Cruda, funesta smania (Enrico)
Lucia di Lamermoor, Act I

Preludio
Lucia di Lamermoor, Act II

Appressati, Lucia – Se tradirmi tu potrai… (Enrico Ashton & Lucia)
Lucia di Lamermoor, Act II

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1797–1948)
Il balen del suo sorriso (Luna)
Il trovatore, Act II

Saper vorreste (Oscar)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III

Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima (Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III

Interval

GIUSEPPE VERDI
Overture
La traviata

È strano!... Sempre libera (Violetta)
La traviata, Act I

Madamigella Valery ? – Sono io (Giorgio Germont & Violetta)
La traviata, Act II

Di Provenza il mar (Giorgio Germont)
La traviata, Act II

Caro nome (Gilda)
Rigoletto, Act I

Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto, Act II

Overture
Rigoletto

Parla... siam soli – Tutte le feste al tempio – Sì, vendetta (Rigoletto & Gilda)
Rigoletto, Act II