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Donizetti - Don Pasquale (sung in German) (DVD)

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Label: Naxos - DVD

Cat No: 2110659

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th August 2020

Contents

Artists

Oskar Czerwenka (bass)
Edita Gruberova (soprano)
Hans Helm (baritone)
Luigi Alva (tenor)
Alois Pernerstorfer (bass-baritone)
Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper

Conductor

Hector Urbon

Works

Donizetti, Gaetano

Don Pasquale (sung in German)

Artists

Oskar Czerwenka (bass)
Edita Gruberova (soprano)
Hans Helm (baritone)
Luigi Alva (tenor)
Alois Pernerstorfer (bass-baritone)
Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper

Conductor

Hector Urbon

About

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale represents the high point of the Italian buffa tradition, a sparkling comedy using characters from commedia dell’arte in ways that are entertaining, witty and playful. It was the work selected by the Vienna State Opera for its 1977 tour through Austria. Starring famous singers like the bass Oskar Czerwenka, the great lyric tenor Luigi Alva and, on the cusp of international fame, Edita Gruberova (soon to become the ‘queen of bel canto’) – this filmed performance, in colour and sung in German, showcases an outstanding ensemble at the height of its powers.

Vienna State Opera’s 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons marked the culminating breakthrough as an internationally celebrated coloratura or ‘queen of bel canto’ for Edita Gruberova, at that time still a young member of the opera ensemble. This Don Pasquale production took place exactly between these seasons, and it is easy to recognise her outstanding singing skills, paired with a lively, relaxed, carefree joy in acting, a quality that distinguished her even then and set her apart from other colleagues.

Ideal singers were chosen for the individual roles, all of whom, with one exception, were part of the Vienna State Opera ensemble. The title role of the elderly bachelor, who in his late years once again tries his luck with a young woman, which results in disaster, was in good hands with the enthusiastic bass Oskar Czerwenka.

This production offers a special highlight with the role of Ernesto performed by a singer from Peru: at the time of the premiere, Lima-born Luigi Alva, already was an internationally acclaimed singer.

Cast:
- Don Pasquale: Oskar Czerwenka (bass)
- Norina: Edita Gruberova (soprano)
- Doctor Malatesa: Hans Helm (baritone)
- Ernesto: Luigi Alva (tenor)
- A Notary: Alois Pernerstorfer (bass-baritone)

Stage director: Helge Thoma

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM stereo
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 (worldwide)

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