10 Apr 2006

'Orazi & Curiazi' gets much-deserved U.S. premiere


mercadante_small.gifBY PAMELA HILL NETTLETON [Pioneer Press, 10 April 2006]

The Minnesota Opera's "Orazi & Curiazi" is more Romeo & Tybalt than Romeo & Juliet.

The most thrilling duet is between the two male leads, Scott Piper as Curiazio and Ashley Holland as Orazio, who share childhood memories, recall a battle in which one saved the other's life and then grumble about having to kill each other for the glory of Rome — everything short of "I wish I knew how to quit you."