General Director Plácido Domingo takes the podium to launch WNO's golden 50th season with a salute to the 150th anniversary of Verdi's glorious grand opera. Set in French-occupied Sicily in 1282, nationalistic Sicilian patriot Procida returns from exile to lead a rebellion. His young lieutenant Arrigo--the illegitimate son of the French governor Monforte--saves his father from assassination only to be condemned as a traitor by his captured comrades. Having persuaded his father to pardon the prisoners, Arrigo prepares to wed his fellow rebel, Elena, while the unforgiving Procida plots terrible vengeance.
In Italian with English supertitles. NOTE: Supertitles are not visible from Rear Orchestra.