Rossini - L’Italiana in Algeri (Blu-ray) | C Major Entertainment 801904

Rossini - L’Italiana in Algeri (Blu-ray)

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Label: C Major Entertainment

Cat No: 801904

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th August 2019

Contents

Artists

Cecilia Bartoli
Ildar Abdrazakov
Edgardo Rocha
Alessandro Corbelli
Jose Coca Loza
Philharmonia Chor Wien
Ensemble Matheus

Conductor

Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Works

Rossini, Gioacchino

L'Italiana in Algeri (Italian Girl in Algiers)

Artists

Cecilia Bartoli
Ildar Abdrazakov
Edgardo Rocha
Alessandro Corbelli
Jose Coca Loza
Philharmonia Chor Wien
Ensemble Matheus

Conductor

Jean-Christophe Spinosi

About

“The role of Isabella is sung to perfection by Cecilia Bartoli – a clever, independent woman with an adventurous streak” (New York Times). Bartoli’s superb performance in Gioachino Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) at Salzburg Festival, directed by the BAFTA-winning stage director duo Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, is a highlight among the Rossini celebrations on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. The DVD captures Bartoli’s excellent performance in a rare audiovisual recording of the Italian superstar, who is one of the most successful opera singers of our time. In this vibrant comedy, every look, every hand gesture brings Isabella to life: Bartoli presents the spirited Italian woman with fire, finesse and extraordinary acting abilities – “a Rossini masterclass” (Bachtrack). Her Isabella is a strong, independent woman who has no intentions of accepting the advances of the powerful Mustafà. In the staging by Leiser/Caurier, which plays with preconceived notions about clashing cultures, Mustafà is no longer an Ottoman bey, but a kind of local gangster who smuggles electronics at the port of modern-day Algiers. In the colourful sets of Christian Fenouillat, Ildar Abdrazakov sings the leering macho, looking for a love affair with the beautiful Italian, with delight and “great comic talent” (Salzburger Nachrichten). Edgardo Rocha’s bright tenor climbs up without effort, making his performance as Isabella’s lover Lindoro flowing and highly emotional. The conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, showing sensitivity to the intricacies and sparkle of Rossini’s score, leads the excellent Ensemble Matheus in a “beguiling performance” (New York Times).

Staged by: Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
Recording date: Salzburg Festival, Grosses Festspielhaus, August 2018
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1
Picture: NTSC, 16:9
Subtitles: Italian (original language), English, German, French, Korean, Japanese
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 163 mins

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