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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Martin Summer (Sarastro), Yasmin Özkan (Queen of the Night), Martin Piskorski (Tamino), Fatma Said (Pamina), Till von Orlowski (Papageno), Sascha Emanuel Kramer (Monostatos), Theresa Zisser (Papagena)

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Ádám Fischer (conductor) & Peter Stein (director)

Accompanied by a luxurious team of professionals, consisting of the renowned stage director Peter Stein, stage designer Ferdinand Wöger and conductor Ádám Fischer, Teatro alla Scala presents Mozart’s Zauberflöte. In this production, orchestra, chorus, soloists as well as outfitters all consisted of students of the Academia Teatro alla Scala, the educational institution aimed to train the young talents, founded by the Teatro alla Scala in 2001. The result was stunning – an instant success – with all ten performances selling out at La Scala, which is famous for its extremely critical loggionisti. According to Die Presse, Fischer ‘gets the best out of the Academy Orchestra with delicate execution and humane phrasing’ while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praises Fatma Said as Pamina and Yasmin Özkan as the Queen of the Night.

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), Italian, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 173 mins

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Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale

Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale


Bruno Taddia (Olivo), Filippo Morace (Pasquale), Laura Giordano (Isabella), Pietro Adaini (Camillo), Matteo Macchioni (Le Bross), Edoardo Milletti (Columella), Silvia Beltrami (Matilde), Giovanni Romeo (Diego)

Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala Coro Donizetti Opera, Federico Maria Sardelli

This sparkling opera buffa, recorded for the first time at the 2016 Donizetti Festival of Bergamo, has the part of Pasquale performed in the Neapolitan dialect. It is the story of two rich merchant brothers from Lisbon, Olivo and Pasquale, who habitually weigh everything against its bargaining power. The marriage of Olivo’s daughter and Pasquale’s niece Isabella is also a “bargain” to them: she must marry another merchant, so as not to break with family tradition. The gags between the various characters are hilarious – especially those between the two brothers, who have completely different characters – creating an almost surreal atmosphere. The show is very colourful, thanks to the rich sets and costumes. Olivo, performed by Bruno Taddia, is the real protagonist: as Isabella’s father, he portrays a gruff, inflexible man, and does so with self-assurance and ease, without going over the top. No less convincing is Filipppo Morace as his brother Pasquale, histrionic and exhilarating as an actor, musically precise and excellent in his Neapolitan dialect performance. Laura Giordano, thanks to her physique du rôle, is perfect as Isabella, the heartbroken girl torn between love for the young Camillo and obedience towards her grumpy father. This release is available in CD, DVD and Blu-ray video formats.

“Donizetti enthusiasts will find this recording to be a lively and enjoyable performance of a virtually unknown work from the Master’s second tier. These are rare, and should be celebrated and cherished.” MusicWeb International, 30th May 2017

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Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale

Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale


Bruno Taddia (Olivo), Filippo Morace (Pasquale), Laura Giordano (Isabella), Pietro Adaini (Camillo), Matteo Macchioni (Le Bross), Edoardo Milletti (Columella), Silvia Beltrami (Matilde), Giovanni Romeo (Diego)

Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala Coro Donizetti Opera, Federico Maria Sardelli

This sparkling opera buffa, recorded for the first time at the 2016 Donizetti Festival of Bergamo, has the part of Pasquale performed in the Neapolitan dialect. It is the story of two rich merchant brothers from Lisbon, Olivo and Pasquale, who habitually weigh everything against its bargaining power. The marriage of Olivo’s daughter and Pasquale’s niece Isabella is also a “bargain” to them: she must marry another merchant, so as not to break with family tradition. The gags between the various characters are hilarious – especially those between the two brothers, who have completely different characters – creating an almost surreal atmosphere. The show is very colourful, thanks to the rich sets and costumes. Olivo, performed by Bruno Taddia, is the real protagonist: as Isabella’s father, he portrays a gruff, inflexible man, and does so with self-assurance and ease, without going over the top. No less convincing is Filipppo Morace as his brother Pasquale, histrionic and exhilarating as an actor, musically precise and excellent in his Neapolitan dialect performance. Laura Giordano, thanks to her physique du rôle, is perfect as Isabella, the heartbroken girl torn between love for the young Camillo and obedience towards her grumpy father. This release is available in CD, DVD and Blu-ray video formats.

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Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot


Nina Stemme (Turandot), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Calaf), Maria Agresta (Liù), Alexander Tsymbaluk (Timur), Angelo Veccia (Ping), Roberto Covatta (Pang), Blagoj Nacoski (Pong), Carlo Bosi (Altoum), Gianluca Breda (Mandarino), Azer Rza-Zada (Principe di Persia)

Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Lehnhoff (dir.)

TURANDOT, the first BD/DVD of a cycle of the complete Puccini operas in partnership with La Scala and conducted by Chailly. Quality casts and sumptuous productions guarantee a new benchmark for these classic operas. Nina Stemme assumes the title role with Maria Agresta as Liu with Aleksandrs Antonenko as the heroic Calaf.

“The set and costumes (Raimund Bauer and Andrea Schmidt-Futterer) are a feast for the eye...[Stemme] delivers ‘In questa reggia’ with burnished tone, culminating in a gleaming top C...Tsymbalyuk is touching in Timur’s lament for Liù, and the masks are well characterised...A firm recommendation for this eminently watchable offering from the theatre of the opera’s premiere.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“it is a measure of Lehnhoff's authority that you never question his choices...Chailly digs deep into Puccini's score...And the La Scala orchestra plays as if their life depended on it...Stemme is in the great tradition of Birgit Nilsson's Turandot, though there is a touching uncertainty around her Princess too...Agresta's Liù is one of the most appealing on record.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 *****

GGramophone Magazine

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BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - June 2017

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Salieri: L'europa Riconosciuta

Salieri: L'europa Riconosciuta


Diana Damrau (Europa), Desirée Rancatore (Semele), Genia Kühmeier (Asterio), Daniela Barcellona (Isseo), Giuseppe Sabatini (Egisto), Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle (dancers)

Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (director)

Set and costume design: Pier Luigi Pizzi

Choreography : Heinz Spoerli

In 1778 Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta became the first work to be performed at the Milanese theatre later known as the Teatro alla Scala. Despite this honour, Europa riconosciuta (Europa recognised) remained unperformed for 226 years until 2004, when Riccardo Muti, then Music Director of La Scala, chose it to reopen the legendary theatre after three years of renovation work.

Running time: 133 min.

Sung in Italian, with subtitles in FR, GE, EN, IT

Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC – All regions – 16:9

“This performance is so striking that any serious opera-lover will want to add it to their collection” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 *****

“Diana Damrau and Désirée Rancatore both scintillate with vocal pyrotechnics in very high tessituras…Daniela Barcellona’s singing is firm, dynamically flexible and expressive as the noble hero Isséo…although a more idiomatic musical performance in a few respects can be imagined, this sleek production affirms Salieri’s credentials as a disciple of Gluck” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Gala des Ètoiles

Gala des Ètoiles


Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru, Nicoletta Manni, Claudio Coviello, Mick Zeni, Maria Eichwald, Melissa Hamilton, Lucia Lacarra, Polina Semionova, Alina Somova, Maria Vinogradova, Marlon Dino, Leonid Sarafanov, Ivan Vasiliev

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, David Coleman

A very special dance occasion in honour of a celestial alignment of events, the Gala des Étoiles celebrates the Ballet Corps’ time-honoured tradition of a Grand Gala at La Scala as it coincides with Milan’s tenure as host city of EXPO 2015. Symbolically espousing the spirit of the Universal Exposition by bringing together outstanding international talent, La Scala’s étoiles – Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle and Massimo Murru – extend Milan’s red carpet to a veritable constellation of guest dancers from around the world, including rising stars and luminaries of the ballet universe.

Running time: 142 minutes

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Boito: Mefistofele

Boito: Mefistofele


Samuel Ramey (Mefistofele), Michele Crider (Elena/Margherita), Vincenzo La Scola (Faust), Eleonora Jankovic (Martha), Ernesto Gavazzi (Wagner/Nereo), Eleonora Jankovic (Pantalis)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti

Arrigo Boito, Verdi’s greatest librettist, was also a noted composer, best known for his Italian operatic treatment of Goethe’s tragedy Faust. His MEFISTOFELE is much closer in spirit and letter to the original source than Gounod’s French version of a decade or so earlier. Boito seems to have been more fascinated by Mephistopheles than by the title character (he also augmented the role of another famous villain, Iago, in adapting Shakespeare’s Othello for Verdi). There are numerous complete versions of recordings of Mefistofele on disc, but BBC Music Magazine gave its highest rating to this 1995 live recording from La Scala, conducted by Riccardo Muti: “It is Samuel Ramey who dominates this new recording. Ramey was already a splendid Mefistofele on a 1991 recording, but here he is even more in command of the role, and has the advantage of Muti’s masterly conducting. Michele Crider is an affecting Margherita and Vincenzo La Scola a mellifluous Faust.”

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Sung in German. Live from Il Teatro alla Scala di Milano – December 2007.


Waltraud Meier (Isolde), Ian Storey (Tristan), Michelle DeYoung (Brangaene), Gerd Grochowski (Kurwenal), Matti Salminen (Konig Marke), Willy Hartmann II (Melot), Ryland Davies (Hirt), Ernesto Panariello (Steuermann), Alfredo Nigro (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Patrice Chéreau (stage director)

“The gaudiest event of the opera season in Europe, La Scala’s opener on Dec. 7 was a sublime new version of Tristan und Isolde directed by Patrice Chéreau under the baton of the house’s new principal guest conductor, Daniel Barenboim. ….. Mr. Barenboim, who knows this opera as well as anyone, drew rich, densely textured, multilayered sounds from his players.’ New York Times

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Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo Pagliacci

Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo Pagliacci


Leoncavallo:

Pagliacci

Mario del Monaco (Canio), Clara Petrella (Nedda), Afro Poli (Tonio), Piero de Palma (Beppe) & Aldo Protti (Silvio)

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Alberto Erede

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana

Elena Nicolai (Santuzza), Mario del Monaco (Turiddu), Annamaria Anelli (Mamma Lucia), Aldo Protti (Alfio) & Laura Didier (Lola)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano, Franco Ghione


These new re-masterings cast fresh light on seminal recordings of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, both featuring Mario del Monaco. He was in his prime when he recorded Turiddu and Canio, and his performances in both recordings could hardly be more spine-tingling. Cavalleria rusticana was recorded in 1954 and Pagliacci in 1953. Franco Ghione’s feeling for the lyricism of Mascagni’s score is clear from the outset, reminding us that although this music is usually regarded as marking the birth of verismo, it is in many ways a continuation of the Bellinian love affair with the vocal line. Alberto Erede conducts a grippingly dramatic Pagliacci. The scoring is brilliant and Erede makes the most of it. Lavished with praise when first issued, they are released from hibernation to enjoy new life on CD.

“...a recording of Pagliacci stands or falls by its Canio, and Mario del Monaco has a role which fits him like a glove. […] Clara Petrella has a warm voice, and sings the part of Nedda with great dramatic conviction […] Afro Poli is really excellent as Tonio […] [the performance of the chorus and orchestra] under the baton of Alberto Erede is superb. In fact I have never heard finer choral or orchestral recording than we are given on these discs. […] Probably more important than anything, there is a feeling of cohesion about the whole production, and the discs really do create in most vivid fashion, the atmosphere of an actual performance.” Gramophone Magazine, November 1953

“Elena Nicolai has one of those beefy, beautiful Italian mezzo-sorano voices … it is a magnificent sounding organ, vibrant, passionate, beautifully placed. […] Signor Del Monaco is well cast as Turridu: his magnificent power and rather bullying way with a phrase conjure up well the Don Juan of this Sicilian village.” Gramophone Magazine, June 1954

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Cherubini: Medea

Cherubini: Medea

1957


Maria Callas (Medea), Renata Scotto (Glauce), Mirto Picchi (Giasone), Miriam Pirazzini (Neris), Giuseppe Modesti (Creonte)

Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan, Tullio Serafin

The role of the betrayed and finally murderous Medea became closely associated with Maria Callas. In 1969, several years after her final operatic performance, she even starred as Jason’s spurned wife – as an actress, not as a singer – in a film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. She first appeared in Cherubini’s opera in 1953 in Florence, with Vittorio Gui conducting, and later that year collaborated with Leonard Bernstein in a staging at La Scala; in 1962, the role brought her final appearances at Milan’s great opera house.

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