Mascagni - Iris | Oehms OC991

Mascagni - Iris

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Label: Oehms

Cat No: OC991

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 19th March 2021

Contents

Artists

Karine Babajanyan
Samuele Simoncini
Ernesto Petti
David Ostrek
Nina Clausen
Andres Moreno Garcia
Chor und Orchester der Berliner Operngruppe

Conductor

Felix Krieger

Works

Mascagni, Pietro

Iris

Artists

Karine Babajanyan
Samuele Simoncini
Ernesto Petti
David Ostrek
Nina Clausen
Andres Moreno Garcia
Chor und Orchester der Berliner Operngruppe

Conductor

Felix Krieger

About

Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945) was one of those composers who were famous for a single work, the rest of their output remaining practically unknown. His opera Iris is based on a libretto by Luigi Illica, who also wrote the libretti for Puccini operas such as La Bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.

It was Illica who gave birth to the idea of an opera about Japan. Exotic subjects set in distant lands were in vogue throughout Europe at the time, particularly those set in the Far East. It was Mascagni’s express wish to write ‘original’ music for this specific material, something that was previously unheard-of.

This performance featuring the choir and orchestra of the Berliner Operngruppe under Felix Krieger is a live recording of the Berlin premiere of the original version of the opera. The venue was the Konzerthaus Berlin. The Berliner Operngruppe was celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“The impression made by the orchestra of the Berliner Operngruppe under Felix Krieger was overwhelming, who brilliantly conveyed Mascagni's multi-layered music with its shimmering strings, the impressionistic-melancholy mood and the luxuriant melody.” – Bernd Hoppe, Opera Lounge

Cast:
- Iris: Karine Babajanyan
- Osaka: Samuele Simoncini
- Kyoto: Ernesto Petti
- Der Blinde: David Oštrek
- Eine Geisha: Nina Clausen
- Ein Lumpensammler: Andrès Moreno García

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