Monday, May 25, 2015

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo adding new roles to repertory

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
After having to scrap the role of Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust last summer, Italian barihunk Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is slated to debut the role with the Staatsoper Berlin this summer. He made his debut with the company in 2010 as Don Giovanni, a role that he has sung to great acclaim throughout the world.

Faust will be directed by Philipp Stölzl, who directed the films North Face, Goethe! and The Physician along with opera productions at the Salzburg and Vienna Festivals, Theater Basel and three operas at the Staatsoper Berlin - Rienzi, Parsifal and Faust. Performances run from June 19-July 5. The remainder of the cast includes Teodor Ilincai as Faust, Krassimira Stoyanova as Marguerite and Markus Brück as Valentin.  

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo sings the Song of the Golden Calf:

Although generally associated with Rossini and Mozart, he's now branching out into new repertory, recently adding Verdi's Attila in Bilbao and Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra in Barcelona next year. Simon Boccanegra will run from April 12-29 with a cast that includes Leo Nucci in the title role, Barbara Frittoli as Amelia, Fabio Sartori as Gabriele and Àngel Òdena as Paolo.

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