Rossini: La donna del lago

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Rossini: La donna del lago



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31st Dec 2007




2 hours 26 minutes


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Rossini: La donna del lago

Sonia Ganassi (Elena), Maxim Mironov (Uberto/Giacomo), Marianna Pizzolato (Malcolm), Ferdinand von Bothmer (Rodrigo di Dhu), Wojtek Gierlach (Douglas d'Angus), Olga Peretyatko (Albina), Stefan Cifolelli (Serano)

SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern, Prague Chamber Choir & Tubingen Festival Band, Alberto Zedda

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First staged in Naples in 1819, Rossini’s opera La donna del lago is based on Walter Scott’s romantic poem The Lady of the Lake, setting a precedent for later composers, who also drew on Scott for their plots. Set in exotic 16th century Scotland, the opera deals with the conflict between the Highland clansmen under Douglas and King James V, who generously forgives his enemy and allows the betrothal of his beloved Ellen, Douglas’s daughter, to his former enemy, Malcolm.

Gioachino Rossini: La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)

Act I: Sinfonia - Introduction: Del di la messaggiera (Pastori, Pastorelle, Cacciatori)

Act I: Oh mattutini albori! (Elena)

Act I: Qual suon! Sull'alta rocca (Elena, Uberto)

Act I: Scendi nel piccol legno (Elena, Uberto)

Act I: Uberto! Ah! Dove ti ascondi? (Cacciatori)

Act I: Sei gia nel tetto mio (Elena, Uberto)

Act I: D'inibaca, donzella (Le compagne, Elena, Uberto)

Act I: Sei gia sposa? (Uberto, Elena)

Act I: Quali accenti! Quai tormenti! (Uberto, Elena)

Act I: Ma son sorpreso (Uberto, Elena, Le compagne)

Act I: Mura felici (Malcolm)

Act I: Elena! Oh tu, che chiamo! (Malcolm)

Act I: Oh quante lacrime (Malcolm)

Act I: Figlia, e cosi (Douglas, Malcolm, Elena)

Act I: Taci, lo voglio, e basti (Douglas)

Act I: E nel fatal conflitto (Elena, Malcolm)

Act I: Viver io non potro (Elena, Malcolm)

Act I: Qual rapido torrente (Guerrieri, Rodrigo)

Act I: Ma dov'e colei, che accende (Rodrigo, Guerrieri)

Act I: Se a' miei voti Amor sorride (Rodrigo, Guerrieri)

Act I: Alfin mi e dato, amico (Douglas, Rodrigo)

Act I: Vieni, o stella (Guerrieri)

Act I: Quanto a quest'alma amante (Rodrigo, Douglas, Elena)

Act I: La mia spada (Malcolm, Elena, Douglas)

Act I: Questo amplesso, a te fia pegno (Rodrigo, Malcolm, Douglas, Elena)

Act I: Crudele sospetto (Rodrigo, Elena, Malcolm, Douglas, Albina, Donne, Guerrieri)

Act I: Sul colle a Morve opposto (Serano, Donne, GUerrieri, Douglas, Rodrigo, Malcolm)

Act I: Gia un raggio forier (Bardi, Albina, Donne, Guerrieri, Rodrigo, Douglas)

Act I: Su… amici! Guerrieri! (Malcolm, Rodrigo, Douglas, Guerrieri, Albina, Elena, Donne)

Act II: Oh fiamma soave (Uberto)

Act II: Va', non temer (Elena, Serano, Uberto)

Act II: Alla ragion deh! Rieda (Elena, Uberto)

Act II: Nume! Se a' miei sospiri (Elena, Uberto)

Act II: Qual pena in me gia desta (Elena, Uberto, Rodrigo)

Act II: Parla… Chi sei? (Rodrigo, Elena, Uberto, Guerrieri)

Act II: Quante sciagure in un sol giorno (Albina, Malcolm, Serano)

Act II: Ah! si pera: ormai la morte (Malcolm)

Act II: Douglas! Douglas! Ti salva! (Guerrieri, Albina, Serano, Malcolm)

Act II: Reggia, ove nacqui (Elena)

Act II: Che sento! (Elena, Giacomo)

Act II: Stelle! Sembra! Egli stesso! (Elena, Giacomo)

Act II: Imponga il Re (Chorus)

Act II: Ah! Che vedo! (Elena, Giacomo, Malcolm)

Act II: Tanti affetti in un momento (Elena, Tutti with Chorus)

Act II: Fra il padre, e fra l'amante (Elena, Tutti)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Like the excellent Opera Rara recording (reviewed above), this new Naxos set was also made live in 2006. An excess of mid-act applause notwithstanding, it offers yet another distinguished account of the score. Key to the set's success is the cast of rising young stars of the Rossini circuit which veteran conductor and Rossini editor Alberto Zedda has assembled.
Maxim Mironov is memorable as the King and there are equally compelling performances by Sonia Ganassi, Marianna Pizzolato and Ferdinand von Bothmer. The set faces stiff competition from Philips's budget-price reissue of the Muti but it is a more than useful addition to the La donna del lago discography.”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

May 2014

“This budget choice may look like the least starry recording of Rossini's 'Scottish' opera - but it's my top choice by some way, not least for the vital singing of the two mezzos. Sonia Ganassi's sound is darker and more dramatic than many Elenas, but she infuses it with all the necessary vulnerability, and Marianna Pizzolato's soft-grained Malcolm is also a joy. The sweet-toned young Russian tenor Maxim Mironov is one to watch in this repertoire.”

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