Vaccai: La sposa di Messina

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Vaccai: La sposa di Messina



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26th March 2012




1 hour 43 minutes


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Vaccai: La sposa di Messina

world première recording

Jessica Pratt (Donna Isabella), Filippo Adami (Don Emanuele), Armando Ariostini (Don Cesare), Wakako Ono (Beatrice), Maurizio Lo Piccolo (Diego)

Classica Chamber Choir & Brno Virtuosi Brunensis, Antonino Fogliani

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The operas of Nicola Vaccaj, renowned as a vocal teacher and still known today for his Metodo di Canto, employ a similar bel canto style to that of his rival Bellini. Based on a tragedy by Friedrich Schiller, the powerfully dramatic plot of La sposa di Messina deals with the inescapable and, in this case, destructive nature of destiny. Vaccaj’s own 1839 première was dogged by bad luck, and the subject proved too controversial for Venetian audiences despite its numerous superb set pieces. After one complete and one partial performance, it was not staged again until the 2009 revival heard on this live recording.

Nicola Vaccai: La sposa di Messina

Preludio: Allegro

Act I: Introduzione e Terzetto: Oh ben giunti! (Chorus, Diego)

Act I: Ecco i fratei (Chorus, Cesare, Emanuele)

Act I: Emanuele! (Cesare, Emanuele, Diego, Chorus)

Act I: Recitativo: Dunque, amico? (Isabella) - Cavatina Isabella: Figli a una sola patria (Isabella, Diego, Chorus)

Act I: Romanza e Duetto: Emanuel! Cosi tu m'hai lasciata (Beatrice)

Act I: Esce dal bosco (Beatrice, Cesare)

Act I: Scena: Ite, o fedei! - Romanza: Chi fida l'anima (Emanuele)

Act I: Finale: Dove in silenzio restasi (Chorus)

Act I: O figli, a voi dal tumulo (Isabella, Emanuele, Cesare)

Act I: Si giuri omai (Emanuele, Cesare, Isabella, Chorus, Diego)

Act I: La mia figlia, la mia vita (Isabella, Chorus, Emanuele, Cesare, Diego)

Act II: Coro: Voi pur vedeste (Chorus, Cesare) - Aria: Mio fratello? Ei stesso (Cesare, Chorus)

Act II: Scena: Per la selva vicina (Emanuele) - Duetto: O desio della mia vita (Emanuele, Beatrice, Cesare, Chorus) - Terzetto: Cosi i tuoi giorni serbansi (Cesare, Emanuele, Beatrice, Chorus)

Act II: Finale: Sovra il suo viso languido (Chorus, Isabella)

Act II: Dove son io? (Beatrice, Isabella, Chorus)

Act II: Egli mori (Chorus, Isabella, Beatrice, Diego, Cesare)

Act II: Al fratel, deh! che almeno mi unisca (Cesare, Isabella, Beatrice, Chorus)

Gramophone Magazine

September 2012

“The music is attractive and workmanlike, without being especially memorable...Maurizio Lo Piccolo in the small part of Diego is the best of the men but both ladies are excellent: Jessica Pratt makes a commanding Isabella and Wakaka Ono spins a beautiful legato line. Their duet, in mellifluous thirds, is a high point.”

International Record Review

June 2012

“[Wakako Ono gives] a neatly sung performance of a woman who seems to be a gentle creature...Ono and Jessica Pratt create a lovely blending of tones...Pratt begins her role not too impressively, with some unsupported low notes, but before long she is well into her part...Isabella's plea to heaven to end her suffering makes a powerful conclusion...and Pratt delivers it in full and steady voice...Lovers of bel canto opera should be interested”

The Guardian

12th April 2012


“Vaccaj is an attractive, if not particularly original, melodist. But his dramatic sense is exceptional, and the opera has an implacable momentum that makes it compelling...Wakako Ono's Beatrice sounds suitably alluring, but the star is Jessica Pratt as Isabella, fearsomely impressive in a big role bel canto divas should, by rights, have been queuing to sing for decades.”

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