Recorded live at the Nationaltheater, Munich, July 2007
Edita Gruberova (Lucrezia), Pavol Breslik (Gennaro), Franco Vassallo (Don Alfonso), Alice Coote (Maffio Orsini), Bruno Ribeiro (Jeppo Liverotto), Christian Rieger (Don Aposto Gazella), Christopher Magiera (Ascanio Petrucci), Erik Årman (Oloferno Vitellozzo), Steven Humes (Gubetta), Emanuele D'Aguanno (Rustighello), Christian Van Horn (Astolfo)
Featuring Edita Gruberova as prima donna assoluta. A new standard recording!
A scandalous tale of murder, torture, incest, homosexuality, drunkenness and orgies, Donizetti's opera is one of the great masterpieces of Italian bel canto repertoire.
Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto after the play by Victor Hugo, after the legend of Lucrezia Borgia. Lucrezia Borgia was first performed on December 26, 1833 at La Scala, Milan with Lelande and Pedrazzi.
Enjoy the all-time favorites: Lucrezia's aria Com'è bello, Orsino's Brindisi Il segreto per esser felice, the tenor's Di pescator ignobile, and the bass aria Vieni, la mia vendetta!.
Including the 54 mins. documentary The art of bel canto - Edita Gruberova – an empathic portrait of the Queen of coloratura.
Picture format BD: 1080i Full HD - 16:9
Sounds formats BD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: All (worldwide)
Original language: Italian
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian
Booklet Notes: English, German, French
Running Time: 133 mins + 54 mins Documentary
“Christof Loy's serious contemporary production has simple modern clothes… and little scenery… Entries, exits and who is onstage are treated in deconstructionist fashion. This is exciting in Act 2 where the constant presence of the Duca (Alfonso) and his oily henchman Rustighello at Princess Negroni's party is not realistic but hugely underlines the threat to Gennaro, Maffio Orsini and their friends visiting Ferrara. The Slovak soprano legend Edita Gruberová... produces a dramatic performance of concentration, at its most convincing in Act 2 where her age meshes well with the character of distraught mother. The handsome Slovakian tenor Pavol Breslik is a star Gennaro of passion and agility, and Alice Coote is a convincingly butch Maffio. The orchestra play richly for de Billy who sounds at home in this repertoire.”
“the major vocal honours of the evening belong to Pavol Breslik as Gennaro. He sings with excellent diction, variety of tone and good characterisation whilst acting with conviction...If the production and staging lacks cohesion and conviction, thankfully those convictions are present in the pit under the direction of Bertrand de Billy.”
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