Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria

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Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria


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Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria

Pergolesi Spring Festival, Jesi, Ancona

Marina Comparato (Adriano), Lucia Cirillo (Emirena), Annamaria Dell’Oste (Farnaspe), Nicole Heaston (Sabina), Stefano Ferrari (Osroa) & Francesca Lombardi (Aquilio Tribuno)

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (conductor) & Ignacio García (director)

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For the festivities marking the Pergolesi’s tercentenary in his native Jesi, Ignacio García created a new staging of the imperial drama Adriano in Siria. His staging in Jesi’s exquisite 18th-century Teatro Comunale Pergolesi includes the delightful comic intermezzo Livietta e Tracollo, thus following the precedent set at the premiere in 1734. A fine Italian cast and the distinguished Accademia Bizantina are led by the Accademia’s director, Ottavio Dantone.

Extra features:

Interview with Ottavio Dantone

Cast gallery

Running time 188 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE

International Record Review

January 2012

“This is the most impressive and engaging product of Pergolesi's anniversary year I've heard so far...[Annamaria dell'Oste] is more dramatically aware and dignified than simply dazzling: she never once plays to the gallery, or drops out of character...The orchestral playing is exceptionally fine, with the very tight ensemble vividly captured by the microphones.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2012

“Top marks go to conductor and director for giving the music space to breathe. The vocal cast is almost uniformly brilliant. The tension between unbridled feeling and duty's constraints - a tension that obsessed 18th-century audiences - simmers throughout, energising the extemporisation through which the singers develop character. Dell'Oste is in a class of her own: she turns coloratura into eloquent, heart-rending declarations”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2012

“The stage action is pleasingly literal, sensible and unpretentious; Garcia allows the performers and audience enough mental space to concentrate fully on the rhetorical power of the soliloquy convention, without any ill-conceived attempt to subvert Metastasio's language and action into something sexy and postmodern...This is an exceptionally fine production that offers a great deal of integrity and fascination.”

Classical Music

25th February 2012


“Dantone's young soloists, relatively unknown, burn with conviction and sing superbly...In fact, every aspect of this enthralling production is close to exemplary.”

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