Puccini - La Rondine (Blu-ray) | Delos DV7011

Puccini - La Rondine (Blu-ray)

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DV7011

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Contents

Artists

Dinara Alieva
Charles Castronovo
Alexandra Hutton
Alvaro Zambrano
Stephen Bronk
Noel Bouley
Matthew Newlin
Thomas Lehmann
Siobhan Stagg
Elbenita Kajtazi
Stephanie Lauricella
Carlton Ford
Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Conductor

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

Works

Puccini, Giacomo

La Rondine

Artists

Dinara Alieva
Charles Castronovo
Alexandra Hutton
Alvaro Zambrano
Stephen Bronk
Noel Bouley
Matthew Newlin
Thomas Lehmann
Siobhan Stagg
Elbenita Kajtazi
Stephanie Lauricella
Carlton Ford
Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Conductor

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

About

Perhaps the least performed of Italian master Giacomo Puccini’s mature operas, La Rondine (The Swallow) was originally conceived as Puccini’s first (and only) operetta. But, as stage director Rolando Villazón puts it, “Puccini is Puccini”. Thus the work turned out to be an artful blend of operetta and opera, with a somewhat lighter mood and simpler plot than most of the composer’s more serious masterpieces. But its gorgeous music makes it a “must see” for any opera fan.

This riveting and beautifully portrayed video account of La Rondine stars the rapidly emerging soprano (and Delos artist) Dinara Alieva and widely acclaimed tenor Charles Castronovo in the lead roles. Filmed live at the top-ranked Deutsche Oper Berlin, the action unfolds in a dazzling and profound production under the direction of legendary tenor and stage director Rolando Villazón and conducted by the renowned maestro Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.

Cast:
- Magda de Civry: Dinara Alieva
- Ruggero Lastouc: Charles Castronovo
- Lisette: Alexandra Hutton
- Prunier: Alvaro Zambrano

Recorded live at the Deutsche Oper Belin on 14 and 18 March 2015

Subtitles: Eng, Fr, Ger

Reviews

Tenor Rolando Villazón turns his hand to opera direction in this production, new to the Deutsche Oper Berlin last year. I feared his ebullient personality and hyperactive stage presence would transfer to his directing skills, crushing the wings of this delicate Swallow in the process. Not a bit of it. Villazón shows admirable restraint in a straightforward, stylish production that contains a good deal of charm. ... An understated, stylish production, which could win round some of Rondine’s critics.  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone July 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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