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Inferno of Dante — Canto V
Patrick Soluri
John Ciardi
Steven Osgood (Conductor)
Susan Caldwell Nelson (Musical Preparation/Pianist)
Matthew Chellis (Virgil the Poet)
Charles Robert Stephens (Dante the Pilgrim)
Wynn Harmon (Dante the Poet)
Caroline Worra (Francesca)
Tamara Haskin (Semiramis/ Dido/ Cleopatra/ Helen/ Offstage Voice)
Scott Altman (Achilles/ Minos/ Paris/ Tristan)
New York City Opera Orchestra.
May 07, 2003
New York City Opera
Leaving Limbo, Dante and Virgil enter the Second Circle of Hell. They confront Minos, the demonic judge. After a brief altercation, they pass entering a dark space holding the Lustful. Those eternally tossed about by storms include Dido, Helen, and Cleopatra. Intrigued by one embracing couple, Dante calls to Francesca and Paolo. Recounting their love affair and death, Francesca cunningly manipulates their story to show they don't belong in Hell. Seduced by Francesca's story and overcome with pity, Dante faints.
2 principal roles
7 secondary roles
Not Available
Optional Chorus
large orchestra
Lyrical, mostly tonal, quasi neo-romantic.
Patrick Soluri
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