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WBO's 'Foscari' previews Thursday, opens next weekend

The West Bay Opera production of Verdi’s “I due Foscari” is scheduled to run Feb. 15-24 in Palo Alto, with a preview slated Thursday.

A retelling of the Lord Byron play “The Two Foscari,” the opera will be sung in Italian with English titles.

When his son is accused of treason and murder, the Doge of Venice, Francesco Foscari, is torn between his duty to uphold and enforce the implacable edicts of Venetian justice and his duty as a father. Staged in its original setting, “I due Foscari” is a glimpse into the waning days of the richest imperial city of its time and examines the moral dilemmas of people in power.

José Luis Moscovich, WBO’s general director, conducts; Richard Harrell provides stage direction. The cast features soprano Christina Major as Lucrezia, tenor Nathan Granner as Jacopo, baritone Jason Duika as Francesco Foscari and baritone Benjamin Brady as Loredano. Tenor Carmello Tringali (as Barbarigo) and soprano Katia Hayati (Pisana) round out the cast.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. Post-performance discussions with the cast and directors seated onstage will follow the matinees. Tickets are $35-$85.

A free preview with piano is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road.

For tickets and more information, call 424-9999 or visit

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