Live Recording from The Stadttheater Klagenfurt, 2010
Stefan Cerny (Fohi), Çigdem Soyarslan (Zulma), Leonardo Galeazzi (Zamti), Daniel Prohaska (Koukourgi), Peter Edelmann (Phaor), Johannes Chum (Amazan) & Daniel Belcher (Sécuro)
Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Peter Marschik (conductor) & Josef E. Köpplinger (stage director)
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World Premiere Recording on DVD.
Thanks to the new Cherubini Edition, the composer’s unknown comic opera Koukourgi was staged for the first time in celebration of his 250th anniversary 2010.
The premiere production of Luigi Cherubini‘s opera Koukourgi at the Klagenfurt Stadttheater revealed a work that combines a tale from ancient China with the sensibility of the French Revolutionary times of its composition. The three act opera sees a young Chinese man battling for the hand of his sweetheart against the Tartar mandarin Koukourgi, the not unlikeable anti-hero described as a large pumpkin.
The turmoil in Paris led to Cherubini’s librettist Honoré-Nicolas-Marie Duveyrier being imprisoned in the Bastille and fleeing to Denmark. The opera was left with the finale incomplete and has remained unperformed for over two centuries. Koukourgi’s finale was completed by Heiko Cullman and the new performing edition has allowed the opera to reclaim its rightful place on the stage.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language), GB, DE, IT, ES, Korean
Running Time: 115 mins
“[Soyarslan] gives a creditable performance vocally and visually, supplying firm tone for her entrance aria...Belcher's focused voice, free at the top, is a positive ingredient...One cannot make comparisons, for no alternative recording exists, but Peter Marschik leads a well-balanced performance, with springy rhythms or bold orchestral sound as necessary in Cherubini's varied instrumentation.”