About I Puritani
Set in the 17th Century Plymouth during the English Civil War, I Puritani combines romantic passion with political and military intrigue and features one of the most famous mad scenes in operatic history. Elvira is engaged to Arturo, but when her intended leaves Plymouth with the disguised Enrichetta, widow of the executed King Charles I, in order to protect the endangered former queen, the young girl believes he has abandoned her and is driven mad. Risking his life for having betrayed the anti-Royalists, Arturo returns to his beloved. Soldiers call for his execution, but a last minute reprieve from Oliver Cromwell, leader of the rebels, saves him and he and Elvira are reunited.
The electrifying Diana Damrau is Elvira, the young maiden driven mad when she believes she has lost her love. She is joined by three bel canto stars, Javier Camarena as Arturo with Alexy Markov and Luca Pisaroni as soldiers caught in the English Civil War. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Performances vary from February 10 to February 28, 2017.
Three hours and 32 minutes with two intermissions
Good for kids?
The passionate arias and three long acts render this masterpiece unsuitable for most young children.
Did you know?
Born in St. Petersburg in 1980, Olga Peretyatko began her musical career at age 15 in the children’s choir of the Mariinsky Theater.
I Puritani was first performed on January 24, 1835 at the Theatre-Italien in Paris. Playwright Terrence McNally’s Golden Age, which was produced Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club, takes place backstage on opening night.
I Puritani was Queen Victoria’s favorite opera.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66 Street/Lincoln Center