A new episode of Rossinimania – customs, fashions, fancies – the way the Rossini Opera Festival has chosen to investigate the authentic fever of maniacal enthusiasm for Rossini that swept through the European cultural world in the nineteenth century. On Thursday 16th August at 5.00 p.m. at the Auditorium Pedrotti the guitarist Izhar Elias will play selections from Rossini’s Semiramide arranged for solo guitar by Mauro Giuliani.
The programme includes the Overture, the Introduction to Act One – Quartet “Di tanti regi, e popoli”, Arsace’s Cavatina “Ah! Quel giorno ognor rammento”, Semiramide’s Cavatina “Bel raggio lusinghier”, the Duet for Semiramide and Idreno “Qual mesto gemito”, the Duet for Semiramide and Assur “Se la vita ancor t’è cara”, Arsace’s Aria “In sì barbara sciagura”, Assur’s Aria “Deh…ti ferma…ti placa…perdona” and the second act finale and chorus “Vieni, Arsace, al trionfo, alla Reggia”.
Izhar Elias was born in Amsterdam; he studied with Ton Terra, the Groningen Guitar Duo, Zoran Dukic and Kees Hendrikse. He then did further studies in the performance practice of nineteenth-century music with Carlo Barone in Italy, at the Accademia di Studi Superiori ‘L’Ottocento’. After thoroughly researching the historical background, he can now recreate the musical languages of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic times by performing on period instruments. In this way he has brought back into circulation about thirty scores that had not been performed for over two hundred years. He has brought together different artistic disciplines by collaborating with choreographers and theatre and experimental film directors.
In June 2009 he made the world première recording of Mauro Giuliani’s transcriptions from Semiramide, playing an original Guadignini guitar of 1812.