Semiramide (Italian pronunciation: [semiˈraːmide]) is an opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto by Gaetano Rossi is based on Voltaire's tragedy Semiramis, which in turn was based on the legend of Semiramis of Assyria. The opera was first performed at La Fenice in Venice on 3 February 1823. Semiramide was Rossini's final Italian opera and according to Richard Osborne, "could well be dubbed Tancredi Revisited". As in Tancredi, Rossi's libretto was based on a Voltaire tragedy. The music took the form of a return to vocal traditions of Rossini's youth, and was a melodrama in which he "recreated the baroque tradition of decorative singing with unparalleled skill". The ensemble-scenes (particularly the duos between Arsace and Semiramide) and choruses are of a high order, as is the orchestral writing, which makes full use of a large pit. After this splendid work, one of his finest in the genre, Rossini turned his back on Italy and moved to Paris. Apart from Il viaggio a Reims, which is still in Italian, his last operas were either original compositions in French or extensively reworked adaptations into French of earlier Italian operas. Musicologist Rodolfo Celletti sums up the importance of Semiramide by stating: "(It) was the last opera of the great Baroque tradition: the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most complete; but also, irremediably, the last".
Joseph Peterson is a first-year Trombone Fellow at the New World Symphony. Before moving to Miami Beach, he served as acting second trombone of the Charlotte Symphony for the 2015-16 winter season.
Mr. Peterson received his master’s degree from Northwestern University where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Randy Hawes, Doug Wright, Timothy Higgins and NWS alumnus Christopher Davis. During his time in Chicago, Mr. Peterson was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed with the Chicago Symphony on several occasions. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joseph Alessi.
Mr. Peterson has been a member of the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. In addition to the Charlotte and Chicago symphonies, he has also performed with the Colorado Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra.
A native of Bothell, Washington, Mr. Peterson’s teachers include Koichiro Yamamoto, Chris Olka, Hamod EbuEid and Peter Ellefson. He has performed with the Seattle Opera, along with being a soloist with the Seattle Symphony performing Ferdinand David’s Concertino. Some of the prizes that he has won include being the winner of the International Trombone Association’s Lewis Van Haney Competition, second prize at the Minnesota Orchestra’s Steven Zellmer Competition and the bronze medal at the wind division of the Fischoff Competition with the Lincoln Chamber Brass.
Mr. Peterson has also been involved in several teaching engagements including being an Ear Training Teaching Fellow at The Juilliard School, presenting a masterclass at Illinois State University, and has been a guest instructor at the NEOJIBA Youth Orchestra in Salvador, Brazil. Some of the distinguished conductors that he has played under include Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti and Christoph von Dohnányi.