Richard Wagner

September 15, 2013 at 3:00pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall

Rienzi, der letzte der Tribunen

Grand Tragic Opera in Five Acts by Richard Wagner after the novel Cola di Rienzi by Edward Bulwer-Lytton


Wagner’s Rienzi, his first successful stage work, was inspired by the legendary fourteenth-century Roman Tribune Cola di Rienzo, who gained power through a revolt against the entrenched nobility. The opera traces the protagonist’s predictable journey from liberator to absolutism and to despotism and downfall.

“ Odyssey is off to an auspicious start.”

–The Boston Globe

Cast and Creative

Gil RoseGil Rose

Kristian Benedikt Kristian Benedikt

Elisabete Matos Elisabete Matos

Margaret Jane Wray Margaret Jane Wray
Adriano Colonna

Kristopher Irmiter Kristopher Irmiter
Kardinal Orvieto

David Kravitz David Kravitz
Paolo Orsini
Stephen Salters Stephen Salters
Steffano Colonna

Ethan Bremner Ethan Bremner

Robert Honeysucker Robert Honeysucker
Cecco del Vecchio

Christina English Christina English
Messenger of Peace

Frank Kelley Frank Kelley
Gaston, a dancer

Lorelei Ensemble
Beth Willer, Artistic Director


Harris Ipock … Chorusmaster
Karin Hartmann Ludlow … Production Stage Manager
Veronica Haakonsen … Assistant Stage Manager
Carola Emrich-Fisher … German diction coach
Cori Ellison … Supertitle translator
Dan McGaha … Supertitle operator


Photos and video by Kathy Wittman / Ball Square Films.