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Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868)

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Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna

Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna

Live Recording from The Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2011


Daniela Barcellona (Ottone), Jessica Pratt (Adelaide), Bogdan Mihai (Adelberto), Nicola Ulivieri (Berengario) & Jeannette Fischer (Eurice)

Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Dmitri Jurowski (conductor) & Pier’ Alli (stage director)

World Premiere Recording

„It can be truly said of Adelaide di Borgogna that, like a rose, it bloomed but a day - l’espace d’un matin.” First performed in Rome on the 27th December 1817, it enjoyed very few revivals. In 2011 the Rossini Festival in Pesaro presented the second staged performance of Adelaide di Borgogna since 1825.

The story of the opera was taken from a historical event that took place in the medieval period, marking the end of an independent Italian kingdom and leading to the birth of the German Holy Roman Empire through the efforts of Otto I of Saxony. Caught between political rivalry and the love of two men, Adelaide of Burgundy struggles to fight for her people and chooses Otto, the better ruler, for herself and her kingdom.

Adelaide stars sought-after mezzo Daniela Barcellona as Ottone, young Australian soprano Jessica Pratt, who possesses a natural-born bel canto voice, in the role of Adelaide, and Bogdan Mihai gives proof of his versatile coloratura-tenor.

Director Pier’ Alli devised a modern, stylish look for his production, which interweaves medieval aspects with ironically used elements from the time of the opera’s genesis. His video installations create a beautifully abstract world for Rossini’s colourful music.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Making Of Adelaide di Borgogna

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

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Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean

Running Time: 137 mins + 17 mins (Bonus)

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“[Pratt] understands the style, her Italian is more than satisfactory, her florid ability inspires admiration, and she sounds well at full volume...she has yet to learn how to move with the regality that this kind of role requires...In firm control throughout, Jurowski gets excellently disciplined playing from the Comunale di Bologna Orchestra” International Record Review, May 2013

“[Pratt's] coloratura is exact and the top of the voice gleams...There has been nobody of [Barcellona's] singing and acting skill in these roles and this repertoire since the formidable Marilyn Horne...[Mihai's] flexible pleasant tone and formidable technique are heard to good effect” MusicWeb International, 27th May 2013

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Rossini: Armida

Rossini: Armida

Sung in Italian


Carmen Romeu (Armida), Enea Scala (Rinaldo), Robert McPherson (Gernando / Ubaldo), Dario Schmunck (Goffredo / Carlo), Leonard Bernad (Idraote / Astarotte) & Adam Smith (Eustazio)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Opera Vlaanderen, Antwerpen/Ghent, Alberto Zedda (conductor) & Mariame Clément (director)

Set and Costume Designer Julia Hansen

Light Designer Bernd Purkrabek

Antwerp's Opera Vlaanderen continues its Rossini opera cycle with this production of his rarely performed Armida, conducted by Alberto Zedda. The work features no less than four tenors in the leading roles, taken here by the commanding voices of Enea Scala, Robert McPherson, Dario Schmunck and the young rising star, Adam Smith.

Stage director Mariame Clément teams up once more for Opera Vlaanderen with set designer Julia Hansen, building on their successful production of Cavalli's Il Giasone, which was also released on the Dynamic label (CDS663). Here they take a critical look at the world of the Crusades. Clément sees Armida as the incarnation of the magical concept of ‘love’, for which noble and heroic knightly ideals are cast aside, turning love into a destructive frenzy.

Filmed in H.D. Subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Japanese and Korean.

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Video Format / Aspect ratio: 1080i60 – 1 BD 50 NTSC – 16:9

Audio Format: PCM STEREO 2.0 / DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recording date & place: November 2015 - Vlaamse Opera Gent, Belgium

Subtitles: Ita, Eng, Fre, Ger, Jap, Kor

Duration: 164 min.

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Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira

Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira

Live from the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2014


Michael Spyres (Aureliano), Jessica Pratt (Zenobia), Lena Belkina (Arsace) & Raffaella Lupinacci (Publia)

Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini & Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Will Crutchfield (conductor) & Mario Martone (stage director)

World Premiere Recording

Set Designer Sergio Tramonti

Costume Designer Ursula Patzak

Aureliano in Palmira celebrated its first première on 26 December 1813 at the Scala In Milan. Soon afterwards the work was played in different theatres all over Europe. Nevertheless Rossini’s piece fell into oblivion more and more compared to the great competitors like “Tancredi” or the “Barber of Seville” for which Rossini recycled musical parts of “Aureliano”. But since a few years there are ambitions to play this work about love, war, jealousy, loyalty and magnanimity more frequently. The direction in Pesaro was in the proven hands of the famous film director Mario Martone. Conductor Will Crutchfield contributes to the successful performance of the newly edited “Aureliano in Palmira” and masterfully directs the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini.

Bonus: Making of “Aureliano in Palmira”

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Original Language: IT

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, KOR, JP

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Resolution: 1080i High Defi nition

Running Time: 201 mins & 14 mins (Bonus)

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“[This production] is excellent and the singing on a very high level. The title role has the least interesting music, but Michael Spyres…makes what he can of it…[the lovers] are sung by Lena Belkina (Arsace, the male) and Jessica Pratt (the female), both of them evidently performers with a big future. There is a delightful pastoral scene, with three live goats (no vocal contribution) and the opera is briskly but sensitively conducted.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

“the staging by film director Mario Martone is simple without being static, pointful without being concept-bound...[Belkina] as handsome a young warrior as any Zenobia might wish for and a superb singer-performer to boot...Jessica Pratt is a vocally brilliant Zenobia, full-voiced even on the highest E flat...Spyres’s Aureliano withstands nobly the vocal challenges of a part which Rossini wrote for two different voices.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2015

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Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia

Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2012


Ewa Podles (Ciro), Jessica Pratt (Amira), Michael Spyres (Baldassare), Mirco Palazzi (Zambri), Carmen Romeu (Argene), Robert McPherson (Arbace), Raffaele Costantini (Daniello)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Will Crutchfield (conductor) & Davide Livermore (director)

The Biblical story of Belshazzar’s hubristic arrogance set against the valour of the young warrrior-leader Cyrus provided the 20-year-old Rossini with a dramatic story with West-Eastern resonances which still speak to us today. For the title role of Cyrus, Rossini wrote what would be his longest-ever contralto role, to which the great Rossini singer Ewa Podles is both naturally attracted and ideally suited. She is partnered by two young American stars of Rossini singing, Jessica Pratt and Michael Spyres, and a conductor-scholar, Will Crutchfield, of immense experience and sympathy.

World-premiere filming of this Rossini masterpiece.

Rossini was only 20 when he wrote Ciro in Babilonia.

Stage director Davide Livermore sets the action in the 1920s, with period black-and-white film inserts.

Features Ewa Podles as Ciro.

From the Rossini Festival at Pesaro, Italy – the only festival devoted exclusively to the works of the composer.

Extra features include: Cast gallery.

Running time: 165 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Livermore initially opts for pure comedy in staging it as a 1920s silent movie...Never has opera seria been such a hoot...Podles makes for a feisty Ciro, her black treacle contralto imperious, even if her coloratura is now a little effortful...Pratt's Amira is excellent...The audience's matinee idol here, though, is Michael Spyres...a bari-tenor if ever there was one!” International Record Review, September 2013

“There are few better exponents of this genre of Rossini trouser roles, and this one in particular, than Ewa Podles. Formidable in her vocal range, she makes more than a cardboard character out of the part with outstanding acting and singing” MusicWeb International, 12th February 2014

“The Cecil B. Demille silent movie treatment works wittily, with the singers striking poses with panache and Gianluca Falaschi’s black and white costumes surely amongst the most stunning ever seen on stage...Ewa Podles’s Ciro goes where fewer mezzos have been before, usually lower, and Jessica Pratt’s Amira soars in alt.” Opera Now ****

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Rossini: Demetrio e Polibio

Rossini: Demetrio e Polibio

Live Recording From The Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2010


María José Moreno (Lisinga), Victoria Zaytseva (Demetrio-Siveno), Yijie Shi (Demetrio-Eumene) & Mirco Palazzi (Polibio)

Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini & Prague Chamber Choir, Corrado Rovaris (conductor) & Davide Livermore (stage director)

World Premiere Recording

“What a pleasure to listen to Demetrio e Polibio”, wrote major Italian daily La Stampa after the premiere of Rossini‘s very first opera at the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, attributing it „an undeniable fascination“. The work was given its first performance in Rome in 1812. It is still unclear whether Rossini was 14 or 18 when he wrote it; what is beyond doubt, however, is the anticipation of great things to come.

The libretto is a far-fetched tale of feuding kings, mistaken identities, disguises and cruel fates typical of the late 18th-century opera seria. Young stage director Davide Livermore, heading a production of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino, turns the libretto into a ghost story, setting the action behind the stage of an opera house, when everyone has left and all that remains are the spirits of an opera that yearns for the breath of life – much like the practically forgotten Demetrio e Polibio itself.

With the help of little flames that flare up from the singers‘ palms and other "phantasmagorical" tricks, Livermore creates an enchanting atmosphere that is given a perfect musical rendering by conductor Corrado Rovaris (Music Director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia) and the Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini. Each giving outstanding performances are the four stand-out soloists Maria José Moreno, Victoria Zaytseva, Yijie Shi and Mirco Palazzi, „stars … of the highest international order“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Once again, the Rossini Opera Festival fulfills its dual goal of performing unknown Rossini works in new, critical editions, and of fostering young singers on their path towards the world‘s great stages.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Making Of Demetrio e Polibio

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

Format: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean

Running Time: 115 mins + 15 mins (bonus)

FSK: 0

Region Code: Worldwide

“All the singers seem fairly young; I can best sum up my pleasure and admiration by thinking that Rossini singing with all its manifest bel canto demands is safe for at least a generation...[Zaytseva, Moreno and Palazzi] are simply outstanding as Rossini singers as well as committed actors.” MusicWeb International, 16th May 2013

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Rossini:

Ciro in Babilonia

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2012

Ewa Podles (Ciro), Jessica Pratt (Amira), Michael Spyres (Baldassare), Mirco Palazzi (Zambri), Carmen Romeu (Argene), Robert McPherson (Arbace), Raffaele Costantini (Daniello)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Will Crutchfield (conductor) & Davide Livermore (director)

Il Signor Bruschino

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2012

Roberto De Candia (Bruschino Padre), Carlo Lepore (Gaudenzio), Maria Aleida (Sofia) & David Alegret (Florville)

Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Daniele Rustioni (conductor) & Teatro Sotterraneo (director)

L'Italiana in Algeri

Recorded live at the Pesaro Festival, August 2013

Anna Goryachova (Isabella), Alex Esposito (Mustafà), Yijie Shi (Lindoro) & Mario Cassi (Taddeo)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, José Ramón Encinar (stage director) & Davide Livermore (director)

Mosè in Egitto

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2011

Alex Esposito (Faraone), Olga Senderskaya (Amaltea), Dmitry Korchak (Osiride), Sonia Ganassi (Elcia), Enea Scala (Mambre), Riccardo Zanellato (Moses), Yijie Shi (Aronne) & Chiara Amarù (Amenofi)

Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Roberto Abbado (conductor) & Graham Vick (director)


Each year the Rossini Opera Festival celebrates the musical genius of Pesaro’s beloved native son, hosting a summer of singing in the composer’s home town on the Adriatic coast. The four stunning productions in this set span Festival editions from 2011 to 2013 and showcase the full extent of Rossini’s dramatic range. Graham Vick’s production of Mosè in Egitto (2011) is a fresh take on the Biblical tale of oppression, inspiration and freedom, with experienced Rossinian Roberto Abbado in the pit and eloquent singing from Sonia Ganassi and Alex Esposito. Rossini turns again to the Old Testament for inspiration, writing what would be his longest-ever contralto part for the title role of Ciro in Babilonia (2012), ideally suited and skilfully taken by great Rossini singer Ewa Podleś. History then gives way to histrionics and the composer’s light-hearted one act operatic farce Il signor Bruschino (2012), transported in a ‘clever production’ (New York Times) by innovative theatre company Teatro Sotterraneo to a modern-day theme park, where a case of mistaken identities is brought to riotous pitch by Rossini’s forward-thinking comedic effects. Musical refinement and madcap invention combine in L’Italiana in Algeri (2013), the sparkling buffa that was an early triumph for Rossini and drove Richard Strauss ‘mad with enthusiasm’. Davide Livermore’s exuberant, swinging 60s-based production features agile-voiced Anna Goryachova (‘an ideal performer, both as a singer and actor’ – Online Musik Magazin) and Alex Esposito (‘a robust and authoritative voice of supreme quality’ – Operaclick) in the story of one girl’s fearless determination to rescue her captive lover from the evil clutches of the Bey of Algiers.

Running time: 542 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE (all operas) + KO (L’italiana in Algeri) + JP & KO (Ciro in Babilonia / Il signor Bruschino)

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Sound: Dolby Digital/DTS Surround (Mosè in Egitto / Ciro in Babilonia / L’italiana in Algeri); LPCM 2.0/DTS Surround (Il signor Bruschino); LPCM 2.0/DTS Master Audio (all)

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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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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Malin Byström (Mathilde), John Osborn (Arnold Melchtal), Sofia Fomina (Jemmy), Nicolas Courjal (Gesler), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter Furst), Enkelejda Shkosa (Hedwige), Eric Halfvarson (Melcthal), Michael Colvin (Rodolphe), Samuel Dale Johnson (Leuthold), Enea Scala (Ruodi)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.

Rossini’s score, here performed in its original French, is one of his most outstanding and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Running time: 216 minutes

Sound format: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Juan Diego Florez (Count Almaviva), Joyce DiDonato (Rosina), Pietro Spagnoli (Figaro), Alessandro Corbelli (Doctor Bartolo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Basilio), Jennifer Rhys-Davies (Berta), Changhan Lim (Fiorello), Bryan Secombe (Ambrogio), Christoper Lackner (Officer), Andrew Macnair (Notary)

Orchestra & Chorus of The Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano

Captured live at London’s Royal Opera House, this Barbiere, with its unbeatable cast and the directors’ characteristic wit and intelligence, offers a unique dramatic twist: Joyce DiDonato, who had broken her leg on the opening night, went on with the show. As she said: “Being trapped in the wheelchair was a quite literal way of demonstrating Rosina's huge desire to break free.

“Juan Diego Florez is the Almaviva of one's dreams, vocally and musically impeccable...and an actor of enormous charm and intelligence, whilst in the title role Pietro Spagnoli offers warmth and personality to spare...Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser's production, a blend of ancient and modern visuals, matches the music-making perfectly” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 *****

“Antonio Pappano's conducting brings back the genuine Italian frisson of sprung rhythms, banda-like colour and prominence of wind and brass, and real tension (but lack of fake hurry) in crescendos. The singing here, and its ornamentation, operates on a high level indeed, much aided in naturalness by the conducting...All in all, the evening is a musical triumph.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“[DiDonato uses] her confinement in a wheelchair to convey Rosina's frustation and claustrophobia. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's colourful production simply exudes joy: Ferruccio Furlanetto is both hilarious and terrifying as Don Basilio, and Juan Diego Flórez literally stops the show with 'Cessa di più resistere'.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, May 2014

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5th April 2010

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DVD Choice - August 2010

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Danielle de Niese (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Dr Bartolo), Björn Bürger (Figaro), Taylor Stayton (Count Almaviva), Christophoros Stamboglis (Basilio) & Janis Kelly (Berta)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Enrique Mazzola (conductor) & Annabel Arden (director)

The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’ (The Independent ★★★★★). Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis and Corbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Running time: 172 minutes

Sound format: LPCM & DTS HD Master Audio (Blu-ray)

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