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Zandonai - Francesca da Rimini (DVD)

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 2110711

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 11th February 2022

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Sara Jakubiak (soprano)
Jonathan Tetelman (tenor)
Charles Workman (tenor)
Ivan Inverardi (baritone)
Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Conductor

Carlo Rizzi

Works

Zandonai, Riccardo

Francesca da Rimini

Artists

Sara Jakubiak (soprano)
Jonathan Tetelman (tenor)
Charles Workman (tenor)
Ivan Inverardi (baritone)
Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Conductor

Carlo Rizzi

About

Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini is a four-act opera set during the Renaissance period. The plot concerns an arranged marriage between Francesca and Giovanni, also known as Gianciotto, who is impersonated by his handsome brother Paolo, and with whom Francesca falls passionately in love. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Italian Tristan’, the opera ends in betrayal and a double murder. The production of this rarely performed opera from the Deutsche Oper Berlin proved to be a huge critical success.

This 2021 Deutsche Oper Berlin performance follows the award-winning production of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane (Naxos 211058485 / NBD0083V) by director Christof Loy, again starring soprano Sara Jakubiak in the title role. Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini is another work revolving around a psychological study of a strong, non-conformist woman rejecting the strictures of a moralising society.

Bachtrack commented of this performance: ‘Similarities to Loy’s earlier Deutsche Oper production of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane do not seem casual, even down to the casting of his Heliane, Sara Jakubiak, as Francesca. Her plummy middle anchors a voice which blossoms and brightens as it rises and she does not hold back. Despite all the demands made on her and the strapping and equally admirable Jonathan Tetelman as Paolo, they both sounded stronger as the opera progressed.’

Seen and Heard International added: ‘Musically it sounded as if it had clearly been prepared with consummate care by the blameless conductor, Carlo Rizzi. He encouraged refined playing from his musicians, and he paced Zandonai’s intensely melodramatic hotch-potch urgently, making allowances for all its emotional gear changes whilst giving his singers ample support.’

Cast:
- Francesca: Sara Jakubiak (soprano)
- Paolo il Bello: Jonathan Tetelman (tenor)
- Giovanni lo Sciancato (Gianciotto): Ivan Inverardi (baritone)
- Malatestino dall’Occhio: Charles Workman (tenor)

Stage director: Christof Loy
Set designer: Johannes Leiacker
Costume designer: Klaus Bruns
Lighting designer: Olaf Winter
Video director: Götz Filenius

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo and DTS 5.1
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 (Worldwide)

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