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Literature, Music, Theater & Dance

FURIOSUS (North American Premiere)

Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center (129 W 67th St)

February 16, 2023
7:30 pm

Please note:
This event takes place at
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
(129 W 67th St, New York, NY)

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Concert Performance of
Opera in two acts
Music by Roberto Scarcella Perino
Libretto by Flora Gagliardi
based on the epic poem Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto

North American Premiere

Robert Tweten, conductor

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Inspired by Orlando Furioso, one of the best-known works in Italian literature, the two act opera Furiosus with libretto by Flora Gagliardi takes us on a galactic journey from earth to moon, from mythical to human, highlighting the vicissitudes of life, love, sorcery, and seduction while Roberto Scarcella Perino’s score provides a warm, whimsical, and thoroughly transportive musical underpinning of the unfolding drama.

The North American premiere of Furiosus in concert is made possible by Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University.

Originally commissioned by The Opera Theater of Philadelphia, the world premiere of  Roberto Scarcella Perino’s opera Furiosus took place on August 25th, 2017, in Città della Pieve at the Teatro Comunale degli Avvaloranti. It was performed again in June 12th, 2019, in Florence at New York University’s Continuum Theater. 


Cast in order of vocal appearance:
ASTOLFO                                         Omar Najmi
ANGELICA/FIORDILIGI                    Amani Cole-Felder*
MEDORO/ALCINA                            Cierra Byrd*
ORLANDO                                        Daniel Rich*
BRADAMANTE                                 Siphokazi Molteno*
RUGGIERO/BRANDIMARTE           Brad Walker
RODOMONTE                                  Le Bu*

A Chorus of Magical Creatures:
Anna Elder
Kate Fruchterman
Julie Schoonover
Demetra Adams
Candace-Lynn Matthews
Maria Kolomiets
Sable Strout
Silvana Chu


Violin I, Doori Na
Violin II, Caroline Drexler
Viola, Tia Allen
Cello, Marta Bagratuni

New Thread Quartet:
Soprano saxophone, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen
Alto saxophone, Noa Even
Tenor saxophone, Erin Rogers
Baritone saxophone, Zach Herchen

Percussion, Daniel Matei
Piano, Juan José Làzaro *

* Artist appears by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.