Filmed at the Arena Sferisterio, Macerata, Italy, 24/29 July 2008
Alessandro Liberatore (Marco Antonio), Paolo Pecchioli (Ottavio Cesare), Sebastian Catana (Diomede), William Corrò (Proculejo), Dimitra Theodossiou (Cleopatra) & Tiziana Carraro (Ottavia)
FORM – Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana & Coro Lirico Marchigiano ‘V. Bellini’, David Crescenzi
Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.
Melodramma in Four Acts
Libretto by Marco D’Arienzo.
First performed at the Teatro Regio, Turin, on 5 March 1876, Lauro Rossi’s penultimate opera Cleopatra caught the public’s attention in the wake of Verdi’s Aïda (1871).
Like that better-known work, it contains some wonderful arias and set pieces, including a marvellous Act 1 banquet scene, Cleopatra’s Act 2 aria, the thrilling ensemble that closes Act 3, and the confrontation between Cleopatra and Octavian in Act 4, all making for compelling viewing and listening.
From the brooding opening scene in which Diomedes foretells the fall of Egypt to Cleopatra’s death scene, this gripping grand opera by one of Italy’s forgotten masters springs vividly to life in this revival filmed at the 2008 Macerata Sferisterio Festival.
Total Running Time: 114:56
NTSC: No Region Coding
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Dual Layer Disc
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Dolby Surround 5.0
“David Crescenzi leads his forces in a commendable performance...Diomede is firmly sung by Sebastian Catana, who uses his rounded tones to convey the man's anguish...This is not unburied treasure, but there are certainly pieces that are rewarding. Crescenzi draws enough power from the orchestra for the big numbers.”
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