Gregory Kunde will sing central role in I vespri siciliani at Les Arts, in a production that also includes Juan Jesús Rodríguez


The Palau de Les Arts of Valencia will be staging I vespri siciliani from December 10th to December 21st. One of Verdi's lesser known operas, it was written after his popular trilogy Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata. The first of the composer's French operas, with five acts and an original French libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier, I vespri siciliani is considered a precursor of the new path towards a less Italian and more universal operatic style. The American tenor Gregory Kunde will give life to Arrigo, the young Sicilian revolutionary, while the baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez will embody Monforte, the French governor of Sicily. On stage with them will be Anna Pirozzi (Elena) and Alexánder Vinogradov (Procida), among others. In the pit we will find Roberto Abbado, who will be conducting the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana and the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana. The stage direction of this co-production by Teatro Regio di Torino and the ABAO-OLBE is in the hands of Davide Livermore.
Among Gregory Kunde's upcoming engagements we would highlight Il Trovatore and Otello at the ROH Covent Garden, a concert of Verdi arias at the Liceu with Juan Jesús Rodríguez and Manuel Coves, Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Regio di Torino and the Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Andrea Chénier at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and at ABAO-Palacio Euskalduna and Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
We will soon see Juan Jesús Rodríguez performing in Rigoleto at the Ópera de Oviedo, at the concert of Verdi arias at the Liceu with Gregory Kunde and Manuel Coves, and in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Ópera de Las Palmas, Macbeth at the Opéra Grand Avignon and La Bohème at the Teatro de la Maestranza of Seville.