Concert will begin at 17:00 hours GMT
Rossini's 'Semiramide' with DiDonato, Pertusi, Barcellona and Brownlee from London
Rossini's 'Semiramide' is an opera in two acts. The libretto by Gaetano Rossi is based on Voltaire's tragedy Semiramis, which in turn was based on the legend of Semiramis of Assyria. The High Priest Oroe invites all to enter the temple, and Babylonians (along with others from abroad, including Idreno the Indian King) do so carrying offerings to Baal. Assur states that the day has come for the Queen to choose a successor and he reminds all of his own valour. Idreno expresses surprise at Assur's aspirations and all express their individual concerns and fears. Performers:
Semiramide: Joyce DiDonato.
Assur: Michele Pertusi.
Arsace: Daniela Barcellona.
Idreno: Lawrence Brownlee.
Azema: Jacquelyn Stucker.
Oroe: Bálint Szabó.
Mitrane: Konu Kim.
Nino's Ghost: Simon Shibambu.
Royal Opera Chorus. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.