Donizetti - Il castello di Kenilworth | Dynamic CDS7834

Donizetti - Il castello di Kenilworth

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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: CDS7834

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th June 2019

Contents

Artists

Jessica Pratt
Carmela Remigio
Xabier Anduaga
Stefan Pop
Dario Russo
Federica Vitali
Coro Donizetti Opera
Orchestra Donizetti Opera

Conductor

Riccardo Frizza

Works

Donizetti, Gaetano

Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth

Artists

Jessica Pratt
Carmela Remigio
Xabier Anduaga
Stefan Pop
Dario Russo
Federica Vitali
Coro Donizetti Opera
Orchestra Donizetti Opera

Conductor

Riccardo Frizza

About

Recorded during the 2018 Donizetti Festival, Il castello di Kenilworth was first staged at Naples’s San Carlo in 1829. Based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott and adapted by librettist Leone Tottola, this rare opera has long been unjustly neglected. The recording features the original version of the score, with the role of Warney entrusted to a tenor (the composer changed the voice to baritone in his 1836 revision). Il castello di Kenilworth was followed by several other successful works that Donizetti similarly based on British history (Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Rosmonda d’Inghilterra, Emilia di Liverpool, Lucia di Lammermoor); it presents the character of Queen Elizabeth I, torn by the inner struggle between a monarch’s duty and a woman’s feelings. The fundamental pivot of the drama is the antagonism between the two female characters who both dwell and suffer in loneliness in a male-dominated world.

The performance received excellent reviews, praising the richness of the costumes, the sobriety of the stage setting, and above all the vocal and acting skills of the whole cast, which features first-rate singers such as star sopranos Jessica Pratt and Carmela Remigio, who share the stage with talented tenors Stefan Pop and emerging talent Xabier Anduaga.

“Remigio’s ability in characterizing the various emotions was impressive… Anduaga possesses a sweet tenor with an attractive timbre… Pop’s strong lyrical voice soars effortlessly and stretches out long lines with ease.” – Operawire

“Jessica Pratt was a strong, authoritative Elizabeth, with sparkling coloratura and spectacular super-high notes.” – Bachtrack

Cast:
- Elisabetta: Jessica Pratt
- Amelia: Carmela Remigio
- Leicester: Xabier Anduaga
- Warney: Stefan Pop
- Lambourne: Dario Russo
- Fanny: Federica Vitali

Recording date & place: November 2018 –Teatro Sociale – Bergamo, Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Notes: Italian, English

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