Ernani Educator Materials

MUSIC BY GIUSEPPE VERDI

 

He was an outlaw in love, until he met a lover's revenge.

 

Verdi’s rarely performed Ernani is a thrilling operatic discovery, an adventurous tale of love and resistance in a time of political oppression. In 16th-century Spain, Ernani is a deposed nobleman living on the run as a bandit. When two powerful men seek to make a prize of his lover, Ernani hatches a plot to rescue her—and free the country in the process. But in a world where tradition and loyalty rule, can an outlawed love win?

Meet the Cast

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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

* San Francisco Opera debut

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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

“[Conductor James] Gaffigan is one of the rising stars of his generation.”
The New York Times