• Thursday, Mar 31, 2011

    Baritone Carlo Guelfi Replaces Nicola Alaimo in Role of Iago in Verdi’s Otello Performed by Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra on April 15


    Carnegie Hall today announced an artist update for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concert conducted by Music Director Riccardo Muti scheduled for Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Baritone Carlo Guelfi will replace Nicola Alaimo in the role of Iago in the CSO’s concert performance of Verdi’s Otello. Mr. Alaimo has cancelled his appearances with the CSO in both Chicago and New York due to an ear infection, under advisement of his doctor. This program is the first of three CSO concerts at Carnegie Hall that weekend—Mr. Muti’s first in New York as the Orchestra’s Music Director. The subsequent two programs include an all-Berlioz program on April 16 and a concert of works by Cherubini, Liszt, and Shostakovich on April 17.

    Carlo Guelfi was born in Rome where he studied singing with his uncle, Renato Guelfi, and went on to win prizes at the Aureliano Pertile and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi competitions as well as at the Progetto Roma Barocca. Carlo Guelfi’s international career has included appearances at many of the world’s major opera houses in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States, and Japan in productions of Verdi’s Otello, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and Aida; Donzinetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Lucrezia Borgia; Puccini’s Il Trittico, Il Principe Felice, and La Boheme; Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah; Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana; and Bizet’s Carmen, among many other operas. Mr. Guelfi made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Verdi’s Tosca, and over the course of his career has worked with many notable conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, and Antonio Pappano. Mr. Guelfi has made several recordings on the EMI, Fone, and AGORA record labels, among others.

    Program Information
    Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
    Aleksandrs Antonenko, Tenor (Otello)
    Krassimira Stoyanova, Soprano (Desdemona)
    Carlo Guelfi, Baritone (Iago)
    Barbara Di Castri, Mezzo-Soprano (Emilia)
    Juan Francisco Gatell, Tenor (Cassio)
    Michael Spyres, Tenor (Roderigo)
    Paolo Battaglia, Bass (Montano)
    Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone (Lodovico)
    David Govertsen, Bass (Herald)
    Chicago Symphony Chorus
    Duain Wolfe, Director
    Chicago Children's Choir
    Josephine Lee, Artistic Director

    GIUSEPPE VERDI Otello (Concert Performance)

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fried in support of the 2010-2011 season.

    ***Please note that this update supersedes previous press materials related to this concert.***

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
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