by Hector Berlioz
|The Metropolitan Opera has scheduled performances of Benvenuto Cellini for the dates of December 4, 8, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 27 (matinee), 2003, and January 1, 2004. The December 4 peformance will be the Met's premiere performance of the opera.
The announced cast for the run of performances includes: Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kristine Jepson/Katharine Goeldner, Marcello Giordani/Jianyi Zhang, Alan Opie/Peter Coleman-Wright, John Del Carlo/Richard Bernstein, Robert Lloyd/Eric Halfvarson. James Levine is scheduled to conduct.
|The recording of Benvenuto Cellini with Nicolai Gedda conducted by Sir Colin Davis was re-released in the United States on April 8, 2003. It can be ordered from amazon.com.|
|I have listened three times to the Opera d'Oro recording with Franco Bonisolli and Teresa Zylis-Gara, and was quite happy with it.|
|Opera d'Oro recording at amazon.com|
|Berlioz libretti on line|
|Review by Andrew Clements at guardian.co.uk of August 2003 concert performance at Royal Albert Hall|
|Benvenuto Cellini recordings at gemm.com|
A translation of the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini can be ordered from amazon.com.