Mercadante - Francesca da Rimini (DVD) | Dynamic 37753

Mercadante - Francesca da Rimini (DVD)

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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: 37753

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 10th March 2017

Contents

Artists

Leonor Bonilla
Aya Wakizono
Merto Sungu
Antonio Di Matteo
Larisa Martinez
Ivan Ayon Rivas
Chorus of the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca
Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

Works

Mercadante, Saverio

Francesca da Rimini (dramma per musica in two acts)

Artists

Leonor Bonilla
Aya Wakizono
Merto Sungu
Antonio Di Matteo
Larisa Martinez
Ivan Ayon Rivas
Chorus of the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca
Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

About

Although written almost two centuries ago by Saverio Mercadante, and eagerly anticipated by many theatres of the day, Francesca da Rimini was, in fact, never staged. A long series of incidents prevented it from reaching production until 185 years after its composition. The long forgotten manuscript, remembered only for its history of bad luck, suddenly re-emerged five years ago in Madrid, the city where it was to have been premièred in 1831.

The soprano Leonor Bonilla (Francesca) is most impressive in the title role: she portrays the character’s psychological frailty as well as her determination, drawing on a solid vocal technique and delivering incredible inflections and confident, dazzling vocal lines that easily soar into her high register. She maintains a stage presence that's both casual and poignant, even venturing some dance steps with the corps de ballet.

Aya Wakizono is an admirable Paolo. Endowed with a superb mezzo voice, she delivers consistently throughout her range, fluently delivering the virtuoso coloratura lines. No less demanding is the tenor role of Lanciotto, with its daunting leaps and ornamentation worthy of the Neapolitan Rossini. Mert Süngü will no doubt in time improve on his occasional touches of harshness, but he tackles all the difficulties of the part with an impressive vocal assurance and expressivity.

First recording and world première performance, available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

Cast:
- Francesca: Leonor Bonilla
- Paolo: Aya Wakizono
- Lanciotto: Merto Süngü
- Guido: Antonio Di Matteo
- Isaura: Larisa Martinez
- Guelfo: Ivan Ayon Rivas

Director, sets and costume designer: Pier Luigi Pizzi
Choreographer: Gheorghe Iancu

Sung in: Italian
Video format / aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio Format: PCM 2.0 - Dolby digital 5.1
Subtitles: It, Eng, Fr, Ger, Jap, Kor
Region code: 0 – All regions
Recording date & place: July 2016 – Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, Italy
Duration: 200 min.
Notes: Italian / English

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