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Wednesday evening at Carnegie Hall brings the grand return to New York of a vilaine fille über-coqueluche: Giuseppe Filianoti, a.k.a. Don Peppino di Calabria. (I concocoted the “Don Peppino” moniker because, at one point, this blog was receiving hundreds of hits a day from people—or, perhaps, a person—searching for “Filianoti” or “Giuseppe Filianoti.” More on this anon.) Filianoti sings the tenor lead in Cilea’s rarely heard opera L’Arlesiana, an evening that, reportedly, may mark one of Opera Orchestra of New York’s final performances.
Next season sees Filianoti reprise his Edgardo in Lucia at the Met and for his San Francisco Opera début. In coming months, according to the schedule posted at his website, he portrays Werther and Alfredo in La traviata in Rome, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon in Palermo, Alfredo in Naples, Hoffmann in Hamburg, and—an event that promises to make the earth itself tilt upon its axis—Rossini’s Otello opposite the Rodrigo of Juan Diego Flórez at Pesaro.
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