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".
As a first-year Bass fellow at the New World Symphony, Kevin Gobetz has been a freelance musician and a regular substitute musician with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the past two years, a recent finalist in the Grant Park Symphony audition and a semi-finalist for the Colorado Symphony and Phoenix Symphony. He has performed with several prominent figures in the Los Angeles area, including the Grammy Award-winning acapella group Pentatonix, reggae artist Damian Marley and Kevin Olusola on his Adele Medley for solo cello and strings.
Mr. Gobetz has spent the last two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival working closely with members of the Boston Symphony. Previously, he was a fellow at the Apsen Music Festival for two summers.
A native of Long Island, New York, Mr. Gobetz studied music with Nicholas Walker at Ithaca College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He recently completed his master’s degree and a graduate certificate at the University of Southern California, while working primarily with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic including Christopher Hanulik, David Allen Moore, Oscar Meza and Brian Johnson.
Mr. Gobetz has worked with many sought after conductors both in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and elsewhere, including Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit and Ludovic Morlot.