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May 2022

Program and cast

Opera in three acts

Music by Umberto Giordano (1867-1948)

Libretto by Luigi Illica

Premiered in the Teatro Alla Scala de Milán, 19 december,1903

Premiered in the Teatro Real

Concert version of the opera


Musical conductor I Domingo Hindoyan

Choir director I Andrés Máspero

Titular Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)


Estefania I Sonya Yoncheva

Nikona I Elena Zilio

Girl I Mercedes Gancedo

Vassili I Bryan Hymel

Gleby I George Petean

Prince Alexis I Alejandro del Cerro

Iván / El Cosaco I Albert Casals

The Banker Miskinsky / El Inválido I Tomeu Bibiloni

The Captain / The Governor I Fernando Radó

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