Donizetti - L’Ange de Nisida (DVD)
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Cat No: 37848
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 16th October 2020
Orchestra e Coro Donizetti Opera
The autograph score of L’Ange was subsequently lost and it is only thanks to the painstaking research of musicologist Candida Mantica that it was brought to light again. She took on the huge challenge of classifying the roughly 470 randomly alternate pages of L’Ange de Nisida that had survived at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris; she re-established their original order and finally managed to reconstruct roughly 97 percent of Donizetti’s music. The few gaps in the score were judged as irrelevant by both Mantica and Donizetti Opera, so that the opera was considered a complete work in itself, with no need for additions written by other composers.
180 years after its composition, the opera was finally performed for the first time in its original theatrical form in Donizetti’s native Bergamo, at the construction site of the city theatre bearing his name, a most symbolic coincidence that added emotional value to a long-awaited event.
The site became an element of director Francesco Micheli's dramaturgy, with the audience sitting in the first three tiers of boxes and on a dais on the stage, and the action taking place in the parterre, as in Elizabethan theatre. The staging's dramatic space reproduces a mass of sheets from the libretto and the score, scattered around as if they were an island, the island of Nisida. Lights, projections and costumes – amazingly made of paper – were designed to provide added reference to the plot and conceived to great effect.
The performance was hailed as a triumph by both the public and the critics and was awarded a special prize at the 39th Franco Abbiati Prize of Italian music critics.
‘Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida proves to be a masterpiece.’ – Bachtrack
‘Ange de Nisida: a drama imbued in beauty.’ – Bergamo News
‘[Lidia Fridman] was sublime… Konu Kim gave a profound performance filled with different colors and emotions. A shining tenor… Florian Sempey brought an imposing baritone to his character… Federico Benetti sang with striking and booming bass that made an impression in every scene he was in.’ – Operawire
- Don Fernand d’Aragon: Florian Sempey
- Don Gaspar: Roberto Lorenzi
- Leone de Casaldi: Konu Kim
- La comtesse Sylvia de Linarès: Lidia Fridman
- Le Moine: Federico Benetti
Director: Francesco Micheli
Set designer: Angelo Sala
Costume designer: Margherita Baldoni
Light designer: Alessandro Andreoli
Video directors: Adriano Figari, Matteo Ricchetti
Recording date & place: November 2019, Festival Donizetti Opera 2019, Cantiere del Teatro Donizetti
Video format / Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio format: PCM 2.0 – Dolby digital 5.1
Region code: 0 – All regions
Sung in Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Notes: Italian, English
Duration: 174 mins.
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