Almost two decades since it was last seen at the Met Opera House, Bellini's rare bel canto opera Il Pirata brings its swashbuckling adventure and stormy love story to the hallowed venue once more. Starring celebrated German soprano Diana Damrau, Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, and British baritone Christopher Maltman as the three corners of a turbulent love triangle, the pyrotechnic production runs for eight performances in the spring of 2021.
The opera is set in the 13th century on the island of Sicily and follows the trials and tribulations of Gualtiero, forced to become a pirate after vanished from his home by Ernesto, the Duke of Caldora and a love rival. They both adore the beauteous Imogene, but she truly loves Gaultiero. When the handsome pirate returns to the island he discovers Imogene is married to Ernesto and a whirlwind of passion, revenge and death ensues.
Opening night: 7 May 2021
Sung in Italian with subtitles
3 hrs and 1 minute with an intermission
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