In the four-actes opera Catharina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus by Franz Lachner, whose libretto Alois Joseph Büssel wrote after a text by Jules Henri Vernoy Marquis de Saint-Georges, political intrigue and great emotions determine the events. Her plot: In the banqueting hall of the Palace of Andrea Cornaro, the wedding of Catharina with the nobleman Marco Venero is prepared, who narrowly escaped an assassination during the night. But her uncle Andrea solves the engagement on behalf of the Venetian Senator Onofrio in the name of the Republic of Venice and assigns Marco out of the house. Catharina is said to marry Jacob of Lusignan, the king of Cyprus. - When Marco wants to escape with Catharina, Andrea reveals to his niece that Marco will be killed if she does not obey the state order. - To protect her lover, she agrees to marry Jacob. Meanwhile, Marco plans to kill Jacob and then be killed by two bandits. When Marco wants to execute his plan in front of the church, he recognizes in Jacob the stranger who saved his life. He drops the dagger and disappears into the crowd. - When Jacob learns after the wedding that Catharina was forced to marry him, he asks her in view of his approaching death in pardon. The Royal Palace of Nicosia announces the arrival of a knight from Rhodes. It is Marco who warns Catharina that Jacob's life is threatened. Onofrio steps in, revealing to Catharina that her husband has been poisoned for Venice to take over power over Cyprus. Since Jakob has listened to the conversation unnoticed, he swears revenge and moves together with Marco in the fight against Venice, Onofrio is discharged. As the Cypriots celebrate their victory over Venice, the mortally weakened king presents the people Catharina as his successor.
Catharina Cornaro - Kristiane Kaiser, Soprano;
Marco Venero - Daniel Kirch, Tenor;
Jakob II von Lusignan - Mauro Peter, Tenor;
Andrea Cornaro - Simon Pauly, Baritone;
Onofrio - Christian Tschelebiew, Bass-baritone.
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks;
Recorded Live at the Prinzregententheater, Münchne, October, 14, 2012.
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