Cavalli opera charms at Spoleto Festival

Jun 05, 2015 1129

by Paul Hyde

"Veremonda, L'Amazzone Di Aragona" ("Veremonda, the Amazon of Aragona") takes place on Gibraltar. The Spanish Queen Veremonda, sung by the wonderful Vivica Genaux, is frustrated about the lack of progress in the war against the Moors. What's to account for the delay? King Alfonso is distracted by his scientific studies.

The Spanish general Delio, meanwhile, is having a secret affair with the Moorish queen, Zelemina. The strong-willed Veremonda resolves to lead the combat against a Moorish fort herself. She orders the women of the court to abandon their usual pursuits and form an Amazonian army. 

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