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
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In this high-definition film of Bellini’s historical bel-canto drama, “I Puritani”, tenor superstar Juan Diego Flórez is partnered by new young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, in her first appearance on Decca DVD. Joining them in a striking new staging by Pier’Alli at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna is celebrated bass baritone, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. The context is England’s Civil War between the Roundheads (the Parliamentarians, or Puritans of the title) and the Cavaliers (Royalists). A love triangle between Arturo (a Puritan), Riccardo (a Royalist) and the beautiful Elvira results in a drama of escapes, disguises and captures, during which Elvira loses her reason, before a final pardon restores her senses and unites her with her beloved Arturo. This new production benefits from the use of a new critical addition, with significant added material.
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