Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Dmitri Jurowski (conductor) & Pier’ Alli (stage director)
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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
Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD
Format: DVD 9 & DVD 5, NTSC,
Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean
Running Time: 137 mins + 17 mins (Bonus)
“[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”
27th 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”
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