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Faccio - Hamlet (Blu-ray)

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Label: C Major Entertainment

Cat No: 740704

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 11th August 2017

Contents

Artists

Pavel Cernoch
Claudio Sgura
Iulia Maria Dan
Eduard Tsanga
Dshamilja Kaiser
Sebastien Soules
Bartosz Urbanowicz
Paul Schweinester
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Wiener Symphoniker

Conductor

Paolo Carignani

Works

Faccio, Franco

Amleto

Artists

Pavel Cernoch
Claudio Sgura
Iulia Maria Dan
Eduard Tsanga
Dshamilja Kaiser
Sebastien Soules
Bartosz Urbanowicz
Paul Schweinester
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Wiener Symphoniker

Conductor

Paolo Carignani

About

This production ‘offers all an Italian-opera-lover could possibly desire’ wrote the FAZ after the revival of this ‘forgotten gem’ at the Bregenz Festival. The festival continued its rediscovery series with ‘Amleto/Hamlet’, an opera by Verdi contemporaries Franco Faccio and Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet.

Premiered in 1865 in Genoa and restaged in 1871 at Milano’s La Scala, Hamlet was only revived in 2014 concertante in the US before its ‘triumphal rebirth’ (Deutschlandradio Kultur) at the Bregenz Festival, where the opera was also recorded for the first time ever. Faccio, who conducted the first performance of Verdi’s Aida in Italy and the world premiere of Otello, and Boito, Verdi’s librettist of Otello and Falstaff, skillfully and effectively challenge the conventions of Italian opera, which they wanted to revitalize by infusing it with the spirit of Shakespeare’s drama. Anticipating the musical language of later Italian verismo composers, the opera combines lovely musical interludes with superb vocal writing.

Heading a supreme cast, Pavel Černoch as Amleto delivers superbly, ‘using his colorful tenor skillfully to develop the transformation of the insecure youngling to the ice-cold avenger’ (NZZ) and ‘granting the work large scale’ (Abendzeitung). Under the baton of Paolo Carignani with the Wiener Symphoniker and Prague Philharmonic Choir ‘it carried terrific punch’ (The Telegraph). Olivier Tambosi’s ‘excellent staging served it well, with a clear focus on the high points’ (The Telegraph).

‘There is a lot of exciting music to discover in this opera… What an amazing richness in ideas! This opera is worth to be rediscovered.’ - Süddeutsche Zeitung

‘Faccio’s opera is the one that should be performed, and if plans are not already afoot to bring it to the land of Shakespeare, they certainly should be.’
- The Telegraph

Cast:
- Amleto: Pavel Černoch
- Claudio: Claudio Sgura
- Ofelia: Iulia Maria Dan
- Polonio: Eduard Tsanga
- Gertrude: Dshamilja Kaiser
- Orazio: Sebastien Soules
- Marcello: Bartosz Urbanowicz
- Laerte: Paul Schweinester

Stage direction: Olivier Tambosi

Set designer: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
Costume designer: Gesine Völlm
Lighting designer: Daviy Cunningham
Choreographer: Ran Arthur Braun

Video director: Felix Breisach

Recording date: Bregenz Festival, July 2016
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1
Picture: 16:9, HD
Subtitles: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Korean, Japanese
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 145 mins

Reviews

Some passages could have spilled from the pen of Verdi himself, especially Ophelia’s funeral march, which is wholly memorable. Tambosi’s production in the Bregenz Festspielhaus is simple but effective. Černoch’s tortured Hamlet – dressed in plain black, emphasising his detachment from court life – acts and sings terrifically, including his great soliloquy ‘Essere o non essere!’ (To be or not to be), while the Romanian soprano Iulia Maria Dan is an affecting Ophelia, wandering through waist-high greenery, plucking leaves in her mad scene to a swooning violin melody. ... In short, Amleto is a very fine work indeed – superior to Thomas’s Hamlet – and this Bregenz production constitutes a major operatic rediscovery.  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone October 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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