Ernani

MUSIC BY GIUSEPPE VERDI

 

All performances of Ernani have been cancelled. Click here for more info.

 

In a world where honor and loyalty rule, can an outlawed love win?

 

Verdi’s rarely performed tale of love and resistance returns for the first time in 35 years. Caroline H. Hume Music Director Designate Eun Sun Kim conducts a powerhouse cast led by Russell Thomas and Michelle Bradley in this tuneful Italian thriller.

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Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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THE BUZZ

“Jose Maria Condemi's staging is traditional, conservative and respectful of the drama. Visually it's a sumptuous show.”
Chicago Tribune

Russell Thomas “sang with a ringing clarity, able to produce booming crescendos and compete with the orchestral sweep behind him.”
Washington Post

Michelle Bradley’s "voice maintains impressive flexibility and surprising lightness… from its rich, warm, vibrant middle and lower registers to its bright, full, thrilling top.”
Opera News

Synopsis

 Living on the run as a bandit, Ernani must protect his lover from two powerful suitors and free his country in the process.

 

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CAST AND CREATIVE

CAST
Ernani Russell Thomas
Elvira Michelle Bradley *
Don Carlo Simone Piazzola *
Don Ruy Gomez de Silva Christian Van Horn
Giovanna Esther Tonea *
Don Riccardo Christopher Oglesby
Jago Stefan Egerstrom *

PERFORMANCES

Jun 7, 13, 16, 19, 26; Jul 2, 2020

CREATIVE
Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Director Jose Maria Condemi
Production Designer Scott Marr *
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Fight Director Dave Maier
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

Lyric Opera of Chicago production.

 

Previous performances of Ernani can be found in the Archive.

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