Donizetti - La Favorite (Blu-ray) | Dynamic 57822

Donizetti - La Favorite (Blu-ray)

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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: 57822

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th September 2018

Contents

Artists

Veronica Simeoni
Celso Albelo
Mattia Olivieri
Ugo Guagliardo
Manuel Amati
Francesca Longari
Leonardo Sgroi
Paolo Arcangeli
Cristiano Colangelo
Domenico Nuovo
Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

Works

Donizetti, Gaetano

La favorita

Artists

Veronica Simeoni
Celso Albelo
Mattia Olivieri
Ugo Guagliardo
Manuel Amati
Francesca Longari
Leonardo Sgroi
Paolo Arcangeli
Cristiano Colangelo
Domenico Nuovo
Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

About

Gaetano Donizetti's La Favorite was rather laborious in the making: it started out as a re-working of L'Ange de Nisida, to which the composer added parts taken from some of his other operas. Premiered at the Paris Opéra, the work is set in 14th-century Castile and tells the story of the hapless love between Fernand, who has second thoughts about taking holy orders and leaves the monastery of Santiago de Compostela, and Léonor, the mistress of King Alphonse XI. It's an intimate drama, where history and politics are but the backdrop to the protagonists' passions and torments.

Fabio Luisi's conducting is both measured in balancing the orchestral sounds, personal, varied and vigorous. The orchestral sound is crystal-clear, with its perfectly judged accompaniment to the voices neatly delivered.

Veronica Simeoni (Léonor), Celso Albelo (Fernand) and Mattia Olivieri (Alphonse) give excellent vocal and acting performances.

“The mezzo-soprano Veronica Simeoni, playing the part of Léonor, put in a five-star performance … Mattia Olivieri cut an imposing figure, both physically and vocally as King Alphonse … It was an excellent performance indeed … From [Celso Albelo's] opening aria to the final duet with Léonor he was a real joy to listen to.” – OperaWire

Cast:
- Léonor de Guzman: Veronica Simeoni
- Fernand: Celso Albelo
- Alphonse XI: Mattia Olivieri
- Balthazar: Ugo Guagliardo
- Don Gaspar: Manuel Amati
- Inès: Francesca Longari
- Un Seigneur: Leonardo Sgroi

Director: Ariel Garcia-Valdès
Co-director: Derek Gimpel
Sets and Costumes Designer: Jean-Pierre Vergier
Lighting Designer: Dominique Borrini

Video format/Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio format: PCM 2.0 – Dolby digital 5.1
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 – All regions
Duration: 156 min.
Notes: Italian, English

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