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Counter-tenor Michael Maniaci appears as Zaida in Francesco Cavalli’s opera Veremonda, L’amazzone di Aragona at Spoleto Festival USA opening on May 23, 2015. This new performance edition was commissioned by Spoleto and will be conducted by early music specialist Aaron Carpenè. Set on the rock of Gilbraltar, Veremonda deals with the Spanish King and Queen’s siege of the Moorish fort and is filled with tangled and passionate love stories and comical mistaken identities.