Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

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Donizetti: Roberto Devereux



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28th July 2008




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Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

Dimitra Theodossiou (Elisabetta), Andrew Schroeder (Duca di Nottingham), Federica Bragaglia (Sara), Massimiliano Pisapia (Roberto Devereux), Luigi Albani (Lord Cecil), Giorgio Valerio (Sir Gualtiero Raleigh)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival, Marcello Rota

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One of Donizetti’s most emotionally raw operas, Roberto Devereux ossia Il conte di Essex was also the third to be loosely based on episodes in the life of Queen Elizabeth I. It deals with the love of Elizabeth and her favourite, the Earl of Essex, perhaps most tellingly expressed in the Act I duet, ‘Nascondi, frena i palpiti, o misero mio core’ /’ Hide, hold back your palpitation, oh my wretched heart!’

Elizabeth’s subsequent abdication is, however, a matter of dramatic licence, yet provides a memorable operatic conclusion to this tragedy of love and jealousy as she despairs at the death of her lover – ‘Quel sangue versato al ciel s’innalza’ (‘The blood that is spilt rises up to Heaven’).

This inaugural production of the Bergamo Music Festival 2006 features the Greek soprano and leading Donizetti specialist, Dimitra Theodossiou, and the young American baritone Andrew Schroeder, both in superb voice.

Gaetano Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

Act I: Geme! Pallor funereo (Chorus, Sara)

Act I: All'afflitto e dolce il pianto (Sara, Un Paggio)

Act I: Duchessa… alle fervide preci (Elisabetta, Sara)

Act I: L'amor suo mi fe' beata (Elisabetta)

Act I: Nunzio son del Parlamento (Cecil, Sara, Elisabetta, Un Paggio, Gualtiero, Chorus)

Act I: Donna reale a' piedi tuoi (Roberto, Elisabetta)

Act I: Un tenero core (Elisabetta, Roberto)

Act I: Un lampo orribile (Elisabetta, Roberto)

Act I: Roberto… Che? Fra le tue braccia! (Nottingham, Roberto)

Act I: Forse in quel cor sensibile (Nottingham)

Act I: Duca, vieni a conferenza (Cecil, Nottingham, Roberto, Chorus)

Act I: Tutto e silenzio (Sara, Roberto)

Act I: Ah parmi sognar (Roberto, Sara)

Act I: E quando fuggirai (Sara, Roberto)

Act II: L'ore trascorrono (Chorus)

Act II: Ebben? - Del reo le sorti (Elisabetta, Cecil, Gualtiero)

Act II: Non venni mai si mesto (Nottingham, Elisabetta)

Act II: Ecco l'indegno… Appressati (Elisabetta, Nottingham, Roberto)

Act II: Scellerato!… malvagio (Nottingham, Roberto, Elisabetta, Chorus)

Act III: Ne riede ancora il mio consorte (Sara, Un Familiare, Nottingham)

Act III: Non sai che un nume vindice (Nottingham, Sara)

Act III: All'ambascia ond'io mi struggo (Sara, Nottingham)

Act III: Ed ancor la tremenda porta (Roberto)

Act III: Come uno spirto angelico (Roberto)

Act III: Odo un suon per l'aria cieca (Roberto, Chorus)

Act III: E Sara in questi orribili momenti (Elisabetta, Chorus)

Act III: Vivi ingrato a lei d'accanto (Elisabetta)

Act III: Che m'apporti? (Elisabetta, Cecil, Sara, Nottingham, Chorus)

Act III: Quel sangue versato al cielo s'innalza (Elisabetta, Chorus)

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