Saverio Mercadante - I Briganti | Naxos - Opera 866034344

Saverio Mercadante - I Briganti

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 866034344

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 30th June 2014

Contents

Artists

Bruno Pratico (bass)
Vittorio Prato (bass)
Maxim Mironov (tenor)
Jesus Ayllon (tenor)
Petya Ivanova (soprano)
Rosita Fiocco (mezzo-soprano)
Atanas Mladenov (baritone)
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan
Virtuosi Brunensis

Conductor

Antonino Fogliani

Works

Mercadante, Saverio

I Briganti (The Brigands)

Artists

Bruno Pratico (bass)
Vittorio Prato (bass)
Maxim Mironov (tenor)
Jesus Ayllon (tenor)
Petya Ivanova (soprano)
Rosita Fiocco (mezzo-soprano)
Atanas Mladenov (baritone)
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan
Virtuosi Brunensis

Conductor

Antonino Fogliani

About

A highly regarded composer in his day and considered the equal of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, Saverio Mercadante pioneered the transformation of bel canto opera into real music drama. He wrote the operatic tragedy I Briganti (The Brigands) not only to prove himself to the Parisian public but as a direct challenge to Bellini’s 'I puritani', premièred the previous year.

Mercadante’s individual style of canto fiorito and distinctive theatricality demonstrate that opera need not be a mere succession of virtuoso vocal arias, and it paved the way for Verdi’s later dramas.

Prepared from a new critical edition, this production was described as ‘outstanding’ by The New York Times.

World premiere recording.

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