So war es mein Kuss,
der welthellsichtig dich machte?
Mein volles Liebesumfangen
lässt dich dann Gottheit erlangen.
Die Welt erlöse, ist dies dein Amt;
schuf dich zum Gott die Stunde,
für sie lass mich
ewig dann verdammt,
nie heile mir die Wunde!
Richard Wagner, Parsifal
Violeta Urmana sings Santuzza in Beijing
Violeta Urmana as Santuzza on DVD, production of the Teatro Real, released by OpusArte
This August, Violeta Urmana can be seen and heard as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing in a new production by Giancarlo del Monaco. In so doing, she will be offering one of her star roles in China for the first time.
"This character is bursting with strong emotions. I cannot content myself with just singing this part beautifully. All the same, the artist must be careful to maintain a distance between control over her own voice and all those destructive emotions."
Urmana's partners are Jorge de León as Turiddu and Ángel Ódena as Alfio. Musical direction is in the hands of Lü Jia. The singer is looking forward to her first performances in China: "It may not always be easy for Asians to identify with our European culture. China has such an important and ancient culture of its own. But music is surely the most universal of all languages."
Performances: August 13, 15 and 17, 2014 (National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing)