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    Both of these Roberto Devereux are excellent and if I were forced to choose between the two it would be an excruciatingly difficult decision.


    Clip of queen from the one on the right.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Donizetti: Roberto Devereux on DVD
    I'm recovering this from an old review I wrote for another site:

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    Bergamo Music Festival 2006.

    Composer: Donizetti, Gaetano
    Libretto/Text Author: Cammarano, Salvatore
    Libretto Source: Ancelot, Jacques-Francois
    Conductor: Rota, Marcello
    Orchestra: Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra
    Chorus: Bergamo Musica Festival Chorus
    Chorus Master: Casati, Corrado

    Elizabeth: Theodossiou, Dimitra
    Lord Cecil: Albani, Luigi
    Robert Devereux: Pisapia, Massimiliano
    Sara: Bragaglia, Federica
    Sir Walter Raleigh: Valerio, Giorgio
    The Duke of Nottingham: Schroeder, Andrew

    Massimiliano Pisapia was simply excellent, and I had never heard of this guy before! Federica Bragaglia looked the part (attractive, pretty) and sang decently. The Queen was excellent (Dimitra Theodossiou) although a little shrill at times - but it adds to the characterization of her role as evil. Good traditional staging.




    But of course the big star of the show is Donizetti himself, because his vocal music is incredibly beautiful.

    So, what follows is about the opera rather than about the above production:

    Overture - short and to the point, pleasant.

    Outstanding first aria by Sara. Wow. This will be very good.

    Down to the second aria, Queen Elizabeth I's first. OK, the queen can sing!!!
    Spectacular. So far, 13 minutes of pure magic. It starts already on an A++ mode. Oh boy, I'm in for a treat!!! Pause to refill wine glass, bread and dipping oil.

    Second queen aria. She continues to impress. What is it, an endless series of gorgeous bel canto arias? No signs of slowing down, each one is better than the previous one.

    Duet between the Regina and the conte di Essex. Nascondi, frena i palpiti, o misero mio core. Simply sublime. A+++

    The Duke of Nottingham gets his baritone aria. Good. Beautiful. Less spectacular than his female predecessors. A.


    End of Act I. Flawless. Perfect.

    Act II opens with a long series of duets between Roberto and Sara, again, each one more beautiful than the last one.

    This is such a melodious opera!


    At this point, the streaming site I was watching it from, crashed. I was able to finish watching it one day later, but this time did not engage in detailed scoring, and just said this:

    Spectacular, A+, and easily made it into one of my favorites. This is one that I'll be listening to over and over, once I buy a good recording.
    Chilling dramatic finale, Quel sangue versato al cielo s'innalza.
    Excellent from beginning to end, an impressive array of melodious arias.
    That is my favorite Roberto Devereux on DVD and and CD!
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Both of these Roberto Devereux are excellent and if I were forced to choose between the two it would be an excruciatingly difficult decision.


    Clip of queen from the one on the right.
    That's Sutherland singing isn't it?
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    Time for some fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post

    That's Sutherland singing isn't it?
    Not Sutherland. Here is the cast:

    Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Elisabetta)
    Giuseppe Sabatini (Devereux)
    Roberto Servile (Duke)
    Ildiko Komlosi (Duchess)
    Pierre Lefebvre (Cecil)
    Carlo Del Bosco (Gualtiero)

    Here is a clip from the video:
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Not Sutherland. Here is the cast:

    Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Elisabetta)
    Giuseppe Sabatini (Devereux)
    Roberto Servile (Duke)
    Ildiko Komlosi (Duchess)
    Pierre Lefebvre (Cecil)
    Carlo Del Bosco (Gualtiero)

    ]
    I am so sorry, they uses here voice in another one:

    Pic from internet

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