Donizetti - La Favorite (DVD) | Deutsche Grammophon 0735358

Donizetti - La Favorite (DVD)

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 0735358

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 21st July 2017

Contents

Artists

Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)
Matthew Polenzani (tenor)
Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)
Mika Kares (bass)
Joshua Owen Mills (tenor)
Elsa Benoit (soprano)
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Karel Mark Chichon

Works

Donizetti, Gaetano

La favorita

Artists

Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)
Matthew Polenzani (tenor)
Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)
Mika Kares (bass)
Joshua Owen Mills (tenor)
Elsa Benoit (soprano)
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Karel Mark Chichon

About

The premiere of the French version of Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper on 23 October 2016 was a memorable event for a number of reasons. Star mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča gave her acclaimed theatrical role debut as Léonor de Guzman, Matthew Polenzani (Fernand) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Alphonse XI) gave their role debuts, and Karel Mark Chichon conducted La Favorite for the first time. Both Chichon and stage director Amélie Niermeyer made their debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper. The last new production of La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper was more than a 100 years ago

The “fabulous Elīna Garanča […] sings beautifully and emotionally restrained, leaving the audience deeply moved during her dying scene”, while Matthew Polenzani, in his debut as Fernand, scores with superb singing and acting, “reaching high tones with ease” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Mariusz Kwiecień “convinces with the proper dandified arrogance and impressive acting”, while conductor Karel Mark Chichon completes the musically fantastic performance by “getting the most out of the Bayerische Staatsorchester, impressively bringing out the dark, viscous sounds of the score and following the soloists with great intuition” (BR Klassik).

Cast:
- Léonor de Guzman: Elīna Garanča
- Fernand: Matthew Polenzani
- Alphonse XI: Mariusz Kwiecień
- Balthazar: Mika Kares
- Don Gaspar: Joshua Owen Mills
- Inès: Elsa Benoit

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