Rossini: Semiramide

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Rossini: Semiramide



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1st July 2013




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Rossini: Semiramide

Alex Penda (soprano), Marianna Pizzolato (contralto), Lorenzo Regazzo (bass), Andrea Mastroni (bass), John Osborn (tenor), Marija Jokovic (soprano), Raffaele Facciola (bass), Vassilis Kavayas (tenor)

Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Antonino Fogliani

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Following his triumphant visit to Vienna in 1822, when several of his operas were extremely well received, international success beckoned for Rossini. First performed at La Fenice, Venice in 1823, Semiramide was Rossini’s last Italian opera, written at the height of his creative powers. Its subject is Greek tragedy for which librettist Gaetano Rossi drew on an adaptation by Voltaire. Instrumentally sophisticated and classically structured, the opera remains one of the most remarkable examples of Rossini’s cultivation of bel canto.

Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide


Act I Scene 1: Si… Gran Nume… t'intesi (Oroe)

Act I Scene 2: Belo si celebri (Chorus)

Act I Scene 2: La dal Gange (Idreno, Assur, Oroe, Chorus)

Act I Scene 3: Di plausi qual clamor (Chorus)

Act I Scene 3: Di tanti regi e popoli (Oroe, Idreno, Assur, Semiramide)

Act I Scene 3: Regina, all'ara (Assur, Semiramide, Idreno, Oroe, Chorus)

Act I Scene 3: Oh tu de' magi (Semiramide, Oroe, Idreno, Assur) - Scene 4: Gli Dei son giusti (Oroe)

Act I Scene 5: Eccomi alfine in Babilonia (Arsace)

Act I Scene 5: Ah! quel giorno (Arsace)

Act I Scene 5: Ministri, al gran Pontefice annunziate (Arsace) - Scene 6: Io t'attendeva (Oroe, Arsace)

Act I Scene 7: Bella immago degli Dei (Arsace, Assur)

Act I Scene 7: D'un tenero amore (Arsace, Assur)

Act I Scene 7: Io tremar? (Arsace, Assur)

Act I Scene 8: Oh me felice (Azema, Idreno)

Act I Scene 8: Ah dov'e, dov'e il cimento? (Idreno)

Act I Scene 8: Se non avesse e meritasse Arsace (Azema)

Act I Scene 9: Serena i vaghi rai - Bel raggio lusinghier (Chorus, Semiramide)

Act I Scene 9: Dolce pensiero (Semiramide, Chorus)

Act I Scene 9: Ne viene ancor (Semiramide) - Scene 10: Da Menfi il sacro messo (Mitrane, Semiramide) - Scene 11: Al tuo comando (Arsace, Semiramide)

Act I Scene 11: Serbami ognor si fido (Semiramide, Arsace)

Act I Scene 11: Alle piu care immagini (Semiramide, Arsace)

Act I Scene 12: Oroe dal tempio nella reggia? (Assur, Oroe)

Act I Scene 13: Ergi omai la fronte altera (Chorus, Oroe)

Act I Scene 13: I vostri voti omai (Semiramide, Arsace, Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Chorus)

Act I Scene 13: L'alto eroe (Semiramide, Idreno, Assur, Arsace, Oroe, Azema, Chorus)

Act I Scene 13: Qual mesto gemito (Semiramide, Idreno, Arsace, Oroe, Assur, Chorus)

Act I Scene 13: D'un Semidio (Semiramide, Assur, Idreno, L'ombra di Nino, Arsace, Oroe)

Act II Scene 1: Alla reggia d'intorno (Mitrane) - Scene 2: Ebben, Mitrane (Semiramide, Mitrane) - Scene 3: Assur, i cenni miei (Semiramide, Assur)

Act II Scene 3: Se la vita ancor t'e cara (Semiramide, Assur)

Act II Scene 3: Quella ricordati (Semiramide, Assur)

Act II Scene 3: Senti! (Semiramide, Assur)

Act II Scene 4: In questo augusto soggiorno arcano (Chorus, Oroe)

Act II Scene 4: Ebben, compiasi omai (Arsace, Oroe)

Act II Scene 4: In si barbara sciagura (Arsace, Oroe, Chorus)

Act II Scene 4: Al gran cimento (Oroe, Chorus, Arsace)

Act II Scene 5: Calmati, principessa (Mitrane, Azema) - Scene 6: Arsace! Giusto ciel (Idreno, Azema)

Act II Scene 6: La speranza piu soave (Idreno, Chorus)

Act II Scene 7: No, non ti lascio (Semiramide, Arsace)

Act II Scene 7: Ebbene… a te: ferisci (Semiramide, Arsace)

Act II Scene 7: Giorno d'orror (Semiramide, Arsace)

Act II Scene 8: Il di gia cade (Assur, Chorus) - Scene 9: Eccomi… Ebbene (Assur)

Act II Scene 9: Ah! La sorte ci tradi (Chorus, Assur)

Act II Scene 9: Ah! signore!… Assur!… (Chorus, Assur)

Act II Scene 10: Oh nero eccesso! (Mitrane)

Act II Scene 11: Un traditor, con empio ardir (Chorus, Arsace, Oroe, Semiramide)

Act II Scene 11: Al mio pregar t'arrendi - L'usato ardir (Semiramide, Arsace, Assur, Oroe)

Act II Scene 11: Ninia!… (Assur, Arsace, Semiramide, Oroe, Chorus)

Sunday Times

14th July 2013

“this new Semiramide rivals Pesaro standards thanks to Fogliani’s ever-alert and lively conducting. His cast includes singers who challenge this long and wonderful opera’s most famous interpreters on disc...this is an unmissable bargain.”

The Guardian

8th August 2013


“there is the Bulgarian soprano Alex Penda's staggering Semiramide – thrillingly sung, and the most complex characterisation of the role on disc. Lorenzo Regazzo is formidable as Assur, while John Osborn, in his finest performance on disc to date, is immensely touching as Arsace's love-rival Idreno. Imperfect yet wonderful and highly recommended.”

MusicWeb International

2nd September 2013

“Alex Penda is a very impressive Semiramide. Unusually for this role, her rich, lustrous vocal tone is more suited to the middle and bottom of the part... Lorenzo Ragazzo is excellent as Assur. He is always lyrical and inherently musical, but he keeps just the right amount of darkness to his voice to remind us of the character’s villainy.”

International Record Review

September 2013

“[Penda] combines a blazing, wide-open top with the juicy lower-middle range that is particularly vital...Pizzolato's exceptional evenness of tone proves as great a joy to the ear as her sincerity and expressive directness...[Osborn] sails through the music with splendid coloratura...the four leading singers in Naxos's performance deserve the attention of anyone who loves Rossini.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2013

“Osborn's Idreno sits well alongside the other principals in this powerfully cast set. In terms of technique and dramatic presence, Marianna Pizzolato yields nothing to Marilyn Horne...[Penda] is a formidable Semiramide, in general presence if not at all points of vocal indispensable addition to any representative collection of serious Rossini”

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