Rossini - Zelmira | Naxos - Opera 866046870

Rossini - Zelmira

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 866046870

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 24th January 2020

Contents

Artists

Silvia Dalla Benetta (soprano)
Marina Comparato (mezzo-soprano)
Joshua Stewart (tenor)
Mert Sungu (tenor)
Federico Sacchi (bass)
Luca Dall’Amico (bass)
Gorecki Chamber Choir, Krakow
Virtuosi Brunensis

Conductor

Gianluigi Gelmetti

Works

Rossini, Gioacchino

Zelmira

Artists

Silvia Dalla Benetta (soprano)
Marina Comparato (mezzo-soprano)
Joshua Stewart (tenor)
Mert Sungu (tenor)
Federico Sacchi (bass)
Luca Dall’Amico (bass)
Gorecki Chamber Choir, Krakow
Virtuosi Brunensis

Conductor

Gianluigi Gelmetti

About

Zelmira was the last opera Rossini wrote for Naples, knowing it would also be his calling card to Vienna where he had been assured performances. Keen to reconcile the alleged incompatibility between ‘Italian’ melody and ‘German’ harmony, Rossini employed exciting and daring harmonies and a raft of dazzling orchestral effects in this tragedy in which a daughter saves her father, the king, and her son, from usurpers to the throne. The opera was acclaimed wherever it was heard, and this recording presents the revised and triumphant Paris version.

The Rossini in Wildbad’s series of the complete operas by Rossini is nearing its conclusion. This live recording of Zelmira was the second album of conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti in the cycle, following Eduardo e Cristina (866046667) released last July 2019. Gelmetti was praised by Gramophone (‘it’s good to have an experienced Rossinian, Gianluigi Gelmetti, in charge of the musical proceedings’) and Classical Music Daily (‘the lively performance conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti is well worth listening to’) for the previous disc.

Cast:
- Polidoro: Federico Sacchi
- Zelmira: Silvia Dalla Benetta
- Ilo: Mert Süngü
- Antenore: Joshua Stewart
- Emma: Marina Comparato
- Leucippo: Luca Dall’Amico
- Eacide: Xiang Xu
- Gran sacerdote: Emmanuel Franco

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