Tragedia lirica in due atti di Vincenzo Bellini.
Libretto di Felice Romani.
Pollione, proconsole di Roma nelle Gallie: Bruno Prevedi
Oroveso, capo dei Druidi: Bonaldo Giaiotti
Norma, sua figlia, druidessa: Cristina Deutekom
Adalgisa, giovine ministra: Agnes Baltsa
Chorus and Orchestra Opera Zurich
Conductor: Nello Santi
Zurich, 1 March 1981
This could be grestest recording of this opera. This could be greatest Gounod CD ever. Or how about greatest French opera CD ever. Corelli is spectacular and young Freni just a little bit less. All duets are just OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and AAAAAAAAAAAAA. And Corelli's Ah! leve-toi, soleil!, what one can say about such thing? There's little use of talking about other singers when it comes to this opera but I may say that Romeo's page is splendid here, though the voice is sort of too beautiful to be one of boastful page. But whatever.
Pity that the role of Roméo is not sung in French.
In this cover, he looks more like Elvis Presley, than Franco Corelli:
Yes, I thought I'd have to post that cover but google showed up with the other one so I got it instead in order to avoid embarrassement.
Perhaps it was one of first regie productions ever and the first act's ball was turned to disco party. Och, wait, it's studio recording.
G.F.Haendel:Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt, HWV 17)
Andreas Scholl, Giulio Cesare, Roman Emperor
Cecilia Bartoli, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt
Anne Sofie von Otter, Cornelia, Pompeo's widow
Philippe Jaroussky, Sesto, Pompeo's and Cornelia's son
Christophe Dumaux, Tolomeo, King of Egypt, Cleopatra's brother
Jochen Kowalski, Nireno
Ruben Drole, Achilla, general, Tolomeo's advisor
Peter Kálmán, Curio, Roman tribune
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini, Conductor
Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Stage Direction
Christian Fenouillat, Stage Design
Agostino Cavalca, Costume Design
Christophe Forey, Lighting
Konrad Kuhn, Dramaturgy
Beate Vollack, Choreography
With a cast that strong, I hope they also recorded it and will release it on DVD/Blu-ray soon. I will be surprised it they don't.
And yes, the cast was truly spectacular! Cecilia Bartoli is one of the greatest Cleopatras on record. And a DVD would actually be worth getting just for Anne Sofie von Otter's Cornelia alone.
I've got Mignon on the brain. Does anyone know of a good dvd of Mignon? I'd love to own this opera! Does there exist a version with Sills in the role? Anyway suggestions are most welcome!
I've also been listening to this aria over and over again:
I'd never heard of Les Huguenots or Meyerbeer before I came across this aria but I love it.
Only the positive!
Countess, I don't think Mignon was ever released on video. I have this CD and it is highly recommended:
"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)