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Donizetti - Chiara e Serafina (DVD) | Dynamic 37987

Donizetti - Chiara e Serafina (DVD)

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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: 37987

Barcode: 8007144379872

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 16th February 2024

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Contents

Artists

Pietro Spagnoli (baritone)
Fan Zhou (soprano)
Greta Doveri (soprano)
Matías Moncada (bass)
Hyun-Seo Davide Park (tenor)
Sung-Hwan Damien Park (baritone)
Valentina Pluzhnikova (mezzo-soprano)
Mara Gaudenzi (soprano)
Andrea Tanzillo (tenor)
Giuseppe De Luca (baritone)
Coro dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala
Orchestra Gli Originali

Conductor

Sesto Quatrini

Works

Donizetti, Gaetano

Chiara e Serafina

Artists

Pietro Spagnoli (baritone)
Fan Zhou (soprano)
Greta Doveri (soprano)
Matías Moncada (bass)
Hyun-Seo Davide Park (tenor)
Sung-Hwan Damien Park (baritone)
Valentina Pluzhnikova (mezzo-soprano)
Mara Gaudenzi (soprano)
Andrea Tanzillo (tenor)
Giuseppe De Luca (baritone)
Coro dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala
Orchestra Gli Originali

Conductor

Sesto Quatrini

About

Despite the triumphant reception of his first opera, Gaetano Donizetti was young and inexperienced when he was commissioned to write Chiara e Serafina in 1822 for La Scala. Composed in haste, it was met with disapproval at its premiere and subsequently disappeared without a trace. Thanks to this revival at the Bergamo Donizetti Festival, after exactly 200 years Chiara e Serafina has returned to the stage with a fine production that brings to life an entertaining tale of pirates, lovers, disguises, deceit and peril in 17th-century Majorca.

“Sesto Quatrini conducted with enthusiasm... All in all, the Donizetti Opera Festival put together an intellectually honest, valuable cultural operation, in reviving this lost opera.” – Bachtrack.com

“…The amusing show staged by Gianluca Falaschi on the stage of the Teatro Sociale, a small jewel nestled among the narrow alleys of the upper city, is all played out in a slightly nostalgic key to a surreal varieté, ramshackle but vital.” – giornaledellamusica.it

“Quatrini reads this semi-serious drama with the right combination of the lightness of the most brilliant parts and the sentimental momentum of the love scenes. There is meticulous work on the instrumentation, colours and dynamics, which best underlines the Rossini influence on the style of the young composer from Bergamo. Among other things, the harmony with the Gli Originali Orchestra is perfect, an ensemble of ancient instruments who, with great skill and precision, try to make us savor this composition with the sounds of its first nineteenth-century performance…The cast, entirely made up of young people from the Advanced Academy for opera singers of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, is close-knit and well blended with more than one element of interest.” – OperaLibera

Cast:
- Don Meschino: Pietro Spagnoli (baritone)
- Don Alvaro / Don Fernando: Matías Moncada (bass)
- Serafina: Fan Zhou (soprano)
- Chiara: Greta Doveri (soprano)
- Don Ramiro: Hyun-Seo Davide Park (tenor)
- Picaro: Sung-Hwan Damien Park (baritone)
- Lisetta: Valentina Pluzhnikova (mezzo-soprano)
- Agnese: Mara Gaudenzi (soprano)
- Spalatro: Andrea Tanzillo (tenor)
- Gennaro: Giuseppe De Luca (baritone)

Director, set and costumes designer: Gianluca Falaschi
Lights designer: Emanuele Agliati
Choreographer: Andrea Pizzalis
Playwright: Mattia Palma
Video director: Matteo Ricchetti

Recording place: Teatro Sociale, Bergamo, Italy
Recording date: 4 December 2022
Sung in Italian

Video format / Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio format: PCM 2.0 – Dolby digital 5.1
Region code: 0 – All regions
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Notes: Italian, English
Duration: 153 min. approx.

Reviews

As revivals of forgotten operas go this is a gem: a clever staging, finely sung, of an opera that owes its 200 years’ neglect more to the circumstances of its making than to the music, much of which is vintage early Donizetti. ... Gianluca Falaschi’s Bergamo Festival staging... plays the piece as part pantomime, part comédie larmoyante. ... Well filmed with a minimum of fuss, and furnished with an informative booklet, this is a DVD no lover of Donizetti can afford to miss.  Richard Osborne
Gramophone April 2024

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