The bloody massacre perpetrated by the Sicilians against French occupying troops on Easter Monday 1282 is known as the «Sicilian Vespers». However, the historical background was not the focus of Verdi’s interest; his compositional mastery was inspired rather by the impossible love between the Sicilian Duchess Elena and the resistance fighter Arrigo.
La duchessa Elena: Maria Agresta
Ninetta: Judith Schmid
Guido de Monforte: Quinn Kelsey
Giovanni di Procida: Alexander Vinogradov
Arrigo: Bryan Hymel
Musical director: Fabio Luisi