Michele Mariotti

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Verdi: I Due Foscari

Verdi: I Due Foscari


Plácido Domingo (Francesco Foscari), Francesco Meli (Jacopo Foscari), Anna Pirozzi (Lucrezia Contarini), Chiara Isotton (Pisana), Andrea Concetti (Jacopo Loredano), Edoardo Milletti (Barbarigo)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Michele Mariotti, Alvis Hermanis (dir.)

In his ‘new life’ as a baritone Plácido Domingo has triumphed in the role of Francesco Foscari in Los Angeles, London and Vienna. Now he takes to the role in La Scala, Milan, the theatre that is the symbol of Italian opera. I due Foscari, premiered in 1844, famously one of Verdi’s darkest operas, is staged by Alvis Hermanis, who made such an impact at the Salzburg Festival with Die Soldaten and Il trovatore. Domingo is joined by two of Italy’s most exciting singers, the soprano Anna Pirozzi and the tenor Francesco Meli, and the acclaimed Italian conductor Michele Mariotti. The Financial Times was deeply moved by Domingo’s performance, calling his interpretation of the role ‘sublime’.

BONUS Ioan Holender interviews Plácido Domingo on the occasion of I Due Foscari at La Scala in Milan

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese BONUS: English, German BOOKLET: English, German, French TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 138 mins (Opera 122’/ Bonus 16’)

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Verdi: I Due Foscari

Verdi: I Due Foscari


Plácido Domingo (Francesco Foscari), Francesco Meli (Jacopo Foscari), Anna Pirozzi (Lucrezia Contarini), Chiara Isotton (Pisana), Andrea Concetti (Jacopo Loredano), Edoardo Milletti (Barbarigo)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Michele Mariotti, Alvis Hermanis (dir.)

In his ‘new life’ as a baritone Plácido Domingo has triumphed in the role of Francesco Foscari in Los Angeles, London and Vienna. Now he takes to the role in La Scala, Milan, the theatre that is the symbol of Italian opera. I due Foscari, premiered in 1844, famously one of Verdi’s darkest operas, is staged by Alvis Hermanis, who made such an impact at the Salzburg Festival with Die Soldaten and Il trovatore. Domingo is joined by two of Italy’s most exciting singers, the soprano Anna Pirozzi and the tenor Francesco Meli, and the acclaimed Italian conductor Michele Mariotti. The Financial Times was deeply moved by Domingo’s performance, calling his interpretation of the role ‘sublime’.

BONUS Ioan Holender interviews Plácido Domingo on the occasion of I Due Foscari at La Scala in Milan

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese BONUS: English, German BOOKLET: English, German, French TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 138 mins (Opera 122’/ Bonus 16’)

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Rossini: La donna del lago

Rossini: La donna del lago


Joyce DiDonato (Elena), Juan Diego Florez (Giacomo V), John Osborn (Roderigo), Daniela Barcellona (Malcolm), Oren Gradus (Douglas)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Michele Mariotti, Paul Curran (dir.)

The Metropolitan Opera give this live performance of Rossini's work based on the poem by Sir Walter Scott. Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus with Joyce DiDonato as Elena, the lady of the lake, who loves the heroic Malcolm (Daniela Barcellona). However, King James V (Juan Diego Flórez) arrives in the Highlands and sets his sights on Elena while her father Douglas (Oren Gradus), who is rebelling against the King's rule, promises his daughter to clan chief Rodrigo (John Osborn).

“Florez is his usual exuberant self, throwing off top notes casually and deserving his Niagaras of applause...DiDonato as the much sought-after heroine is, as always, in tremendous form, not only master of all the required skills, but a sensitive actor and altogether one of the great operatic stars of the present.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 *****

“Minimalism is the order of the day ion Paul Curran's production...The central trio...are completely inside their roles...DiDonato's technique is scintillating in the opera's rondo finale, where pyrotechnics are ignited...The steely brilliance of Florez's tenor excites, with just a hint of high notes sounding pinched. Michele Mariotti conducts with bel canto grace and assurance.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - January 2016

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Nicola Alaima (Tell), Marina Rebeka (Mathilde), Juan Diego Flórez (Arnaud), Amanda Forsythe (Jemmy), Veronia Sieoni (Hedwige), Simon Orfila (Walter Furst), Luca Tittoto (Gesler), Alessandro Luciano (Rodolphe), Wojtek Gierlach (Leuthold/Un chasseur), Celso Albelo (Ruodi)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti

Staged by Graham Vick

Subtitles GB, FR(Sung), DE, KR

“Flórez, the finest stage Arnold of modern times, [is] here at the very peak of his powers...Vick is at his best directing one-to-one encounters...Alaimo's burly Tell looks every inch Rossini's Tell: patriot, father, man of peace. And Marina Rebeka is a persuasive Mathilde, despite some occasional blurring of Rossini's crystalline setting of the French text...Mariotti's conducting of his Bologna forces is robust.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“Alaimo is a rock solid Tell, dignity personified. Juan Diego Florez is a thrilling and seemingly inexhaustible Arnold, Marina Rebeka an elegantly voiced Mathilde and Amanda Forsythe an exciting Jemmy, who for once gets her aria...Mariotti's conducting is outstanding, capturing the chamber qualities of the piece as well as its overall grandeur...I don't think you can better this release.” Opera Now, June 2015 *****

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Juan Diego Flórez: Santo

Juan Diego Flórez: Santo


Adam:

O Holy Night

arr. Douglas Gamley

Bellini:

Qui sedes (Mass in A minor)

Luca Milani (clarinet)

Flórez:

Santo

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

arr. Alan Boustead

Fux:

Alleluja (Plaudite, sonat tuba)

Ulrich Stephan Breddermann (trumpet)

Handel:

Messiah: Comfort ye my people and Ev'ry valley shall be exalted

Haydn:

Mit Würd und Hoheit angetan (Die Schöpfung)

Ramirez, A:

Misa Criolla: Kyrie

Rossini:

Petite Messe solennelle: Domine Deus

Qui Tollis from Messa die Gloria

Gratias agimus tibi (Messa di gloria)

a Pellegrino (cor anglais)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

arr. Chris Hazell

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

arr. Chris Hazell / David Willcocks


Today’s leading bel canto tenor, and one of the world's biggest opera stars, celebrates this Christmas season with a very personal choice of sacred arias and songs, including favourites such as Panis Angelicus, Ave Maria and O Holy Night.

As well as the glorious coloratura for which he is celebrated, the album also reveals the more intimate side of Juan Diego Flórez, in new interpretations of much-loved tenor classics for the festive season. These popular hits take their place alongside less familiar treasures including the Qui sedes from Bellini’s Mass in A minor and the virtuosic Alleluia from Fux’s Plaudite, sonat tuba – which call for the thrilling virtuosity that have made Juan Diego Flórez a star in the world's greatest opera houses. A highlight of the programme is the title track Santo – composed by Juan Diego Flórez himself – and infused with the musical colours and rhythms of his Latin American roots. "My father was a folk-singer and I grew up with Peruvian music. My hobby is to compose and orchestrate, and the melody came to me very easily. The hard part is then to find the right instrumental colours and write for all the instruments and the chorus. But it's fun."

“He sings sacred music by Bellini and Rossini with his usual jaw-dropping virtuosity, demonstrating the ideal balance of panache and swagger that Rossini requires in the show-stopping tenor arias from Messa di Gloria. He also disarmingly dispatches the seasonal favourites” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 ****

“Over the years, Florez's technique has remained stunning and his voice is still fresh. The artistry has developed. He now caresses the music more than he did when he first became well known and introduces more shading and tonal variety...he dispatches [the Messiah excerpt] cleanly and in clear English, which he enunciates naturally” International Record Review, November 2010

“everything he does here Flórez does extremely well, and the sound quality helps him shine.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

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Rossini: La donna del lago

Rossini: La donna del lago


Joyce DiDonato (Elena), Juan Diego Flórez (Giacomo V), John Osborn (Roderigo), Daniela Barcellona (Malcolm), Oren Gradus (Douglas)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Michele Mariotti, Paul Curran (dir.)

The Metropolitan Opera give this live performance of Rossini's work based on the poem by Sir Walter Scott. Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus with Joyce DiDonato as Elena, the lady of the lake, who loves the heroic Malcolm (Daniela Barcellona). However, King James V (Juan Diego Flórez) arrives in the Highlands and sets his sights on Elena while her father Douglas (Oren Gradus), who is rebelling against the King's rule, promises his daughter to clan chief Rodrigo (John Osborn).

“Flórez is his usual exuberant self, throwing off top notes casually and deserving his Niagaras of applause...DiDonato as the much sought-after heroine is, as always, in tremendous form, not only master of all the required skills, but a sensitive actor and altogether one of the great operatic stars of the present.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - January 2016

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Nicola Alaima (Tell), Marina Rebeka (Mathilde), Juan Diego Flórez (Arnaud), Amanda Forsythe (Jemmy), Veronia Sieoni (Hedwige), Simon Orfila (Walter Furst), Luca Tittoto (Gesler), Alessandro Luciano (Rodolphe), Wojtek Gierlach (Leuthold/Un chasseur), Celso Albelo (Ruodi)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti

Staged by Graham Vick

“Flórez, the finest stage Arnold of modern times, [is] here at the very peak of his powers...Vick is at his best directing one-to-one encounters...Alaimo's burly Tell looks every inch Rossini's Tell: patriot, father, man of peace. And Marina Rebeka is a persuasive Mathilde, despite some occasional blurring of Rossini's crystalline setting of the French text...Mariotti's conducting of his Bologna forces is robust.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“Alaimo is a rock solid Tell, dignity personified. Juan Diego Florez is a thrilling and seemingly inexhaustible Arnold, Marina Rebeka an elegantly voiced Mathilde and Amanda Forsythe an exciting Jemmy, who for once gets her aria...Mariotti's conducting is outstanding, capturing the chamber qualities of the piece as well as its overall grandeur...I don't think you can better this release.” Opera Now, June 2015 *****

“If Florez's excellent performance, both vocal and dramatic, feels like the raison d'etre of the production, then hes surrounded by a very fine cast in the other major assignments. Nicola Alaimo presents a Tell of stature and substance...Marina Rebeka impresses...Mariotti shows a keen understanding of Rossini's grand style.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 ****

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Bellini: I Puritani

Bellini: I Puritani


Juan Diego Flórez (Lord Arturo Talbot), Nino Machaidze (Elvira), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Sir Giorgio Valton), Ugo Guagliardo (Lord Gualtiero Valton), Gabriele Viviani (Sir Riccardo Forth), Gianluca Floris (Sir Bruno Roberton) & Nadia Pirazzini (Enrichetta di Francia)

Orchestra e coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti

“this very traditional production by Pier'Alli boasts an enchanting Elvira in the young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, with Juan Diego Flórez as a peerless Arturo and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo a strong presence as Giorgio Valton.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, October 2014

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Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco


Leo Nucci (Nabucco), Dimitra Theodossiou (Abigaille), Riccardo Zanellato (Zaccaria), Bruno Ribeiro (Ismaele), Annamaria Chiuri (Fenena), Cristina Giannelli (Anna), Alessandro Spina (Gran Sacerdote di belo), Mauro Buffoli (Abdallo)

Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra, Parma Teatro Regio Chorus, Michele Mariotti

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Rossini: Matilde di Shabran

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran


Olga Peretyatko (Matilde di Shabran), Anna Goryachova (Edoardo), Marco Filippo Romano (Raimondo Lopez), Juan Diego Flórez (Corradino), Simon Orfila (Ginardo), Nicola Alaimo (Aliprando), Paolo Bordogna (Isidoro), Chiara Chialli (Contessa d'Arco)

Orchestra e coro del Teatro Comunale de Bologna, Michele Mariotti

The opera that few tenors dare sing and which Flórez has made his own throughout his career.

Recorded at the 2012 Pesaro Festival, Flórez reprises the role that shot him to stardom in 1996 aged twenty-three.

Conducting is the up-and-coming young Italian maestro Michele Mariotti who was praised for his pacing in this long opera.

The performance also features the much-admired Olga Peretyatko — a fine stage artist and a consummate performer of Rossini’s fiorature — in the title role.

This DVD complements Flórez’s CD recording of the opera, which won numerous awards in 2006.

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