Bellini - Il Pirata
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 94688
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 27th January 2014
Jose Guadalupe Reyes
Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Bellini's Il pirata became an international must-see in mid-18th-century Europe. His third opera, the work was written for La Scala in Milan and brought Bellini to the attention of the musical press, who hailed him as an exciting new talent.
Containing the first full-scale mad scene in operatic history, Il pirata signified the advent of a new Romantic opera style. Well and truly aligned with the concept of the Gothic novel, the sense of evil is prominent right until the final moment - the work contains what were then new levels of dramaticism that embrace the notion of tragedy, and did not conform to the norm of what the 18th century considered to be a happy ending.
This 1994 recording boasts such vocal talent as the now Verdi heavyweight Roberto Frontali as Ernesto and award-winning soprano Lucia Aliberti as Imogene, while American tenor Stuart Neill has won praise for his interpretations of Gualtiero, singing 'the most stratospheric notes ... with complete aplomb' (Berliner Morgenpost).
- Roberto Frontali: Ernesto, Duke of Caldora
- Lucia Aliberti: Imogene, his wife
- Stuart Neill: Gualtiero, former Count of Montalto
- Josť Guadalupe Reyes: Itulbo, Gualtiero's lieutenant
- Kelly Anderson: Goffredo, a hermit
- Hermine May: Adele, Imogene's companion
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