While best known today for having composed the ending to Puccini’s unfinished Turandot, Franco Alfano wrote some dozen operas, including Cyrano de Bergerac based on Edmond Rostand’s drama of the same name.
Sung in French, with French and English subtitles, the opera is a moving tale of romantic misunderstanding, swashbuckling bravado and heartbreaking loyalty.
“Incredibly, Cyrano is [Domingo’s] 121st role. And it suits him splendidly . . . Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky was luminous as Roxane, her passionate outbursts showing off her powerful upper register to good effect” Andante magazine on the leading pair’s performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
“…Domingo's…voice is also caught in marvellously fine condition. This may well be the heroic last act in his career as the world's greatest tenor, and in the final scene especially his performance is intensely moving.”
“…Domingo is unquestionably moving and makes a good case for having added the title role to his huge gallery of characters; his dark tone can still be thrilling and he is a more committed actor than many of his colleagues. …Sondra Radvanovsky matches him as a spirited Roxane, using her gleaming soprano to musical effect. Michal Znaniecki's traditionally costumed production... works effectively enough in tandem with Patrick Fournillier's light-textured conducting.”
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