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DONIZETTI: Il Castello di Kenilworth - Trailer [Festival Donizetti 2018]

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World première video recorded during the 2018 Donizetti Festival, 'Il Castello di Kenilworth' was first staged at Naples’ San Carlo in 1829. Based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott and adapted by librettist Leone Tottola, this rare opera has long been unjustly neglected. The recording features the original version of the score, with the role of Warney entrusted to a tenor (the composer changed the voice to baritone in his 1836 revision). 'Il Castello di Kenilworth' was followed by several other successful works that Donizetti similarly based on British history (Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Rosmonda d’Inghilterra, Emilia di Liverpool, Lucia di Lammermoor); it presents the character of Queen Elizabeth I, torn by the inner struggle between a monarch’s duty and a woman’s feelings. The fundamental pivot of the drama is the antagonism between the two female characters who both dwell and suffer in loneliness in a male-dominated world.

The performance received excellent reviews, praising the richness of the costumes, the sobriety of the stage setting, and above all the vocal and acting skills of the whole cast, which features first-rate singers such as star sopranos Jessica Pratt and Carmela Remigio, who share the stage with talented tenors Stefan Pop and emerging talent Xabier Anduaga.


“A first-class cast, with an imaginative production team, under the musical direction of Riccardo Frizza, have been assembled, and it is not an exaggeration to say that together they have produced a compelling case for “Il Castello di Kenilworth” to be given further consideration. […] It was musically engaging, full of bel canto charm, with some wonderful melodies, and notwithstanding its formulaic format, was dramatically convincingly. (Alan Neilson – Operawire)

Composer
GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797 – 1848)
Title
IL CASTELLO DI KENILWORTH
Melodramma - Libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Director: Maria Pilar Pérez Aspa
Set Designer: Angelo Sala
Costume Designer: Ursula Patzak
Light Designer: Fiammetta Baldiserri
Orchestra: Orchestra Donizetti Opera
Chorus: Coro Donizetti Opera
Chorus master: Fabio Tartari
Theater: Teatro Sociale di Bergamo – Festival Donizetti 2018

Cast:
Elisabetta Jessica Pratt
Amelia Carmela Remigio
Leicester Xabier Anduaga
Warney Stefan Pop
Lambourne Dario Russo
Fanny Federica Vitali

Recorded live November 2018 –
Teatro Sociale – Bergamo, Italy

Produced by DYNAMIC SRL Italy
Worldwide distribution: NAXOS www.naxos.com
Available on CD, DVD, BLURAY:
CD: CDS7834.02 (2 CDs)
DVD: 37834 (1 DVD)
BLURAY: 57834 (1 Blu-ray)

Category: OPERA / Sung in: Italian
Video Format/ Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio Format: PCM 2.0 - Dolby digital 5.1
Subtitles: Ita, Eng, Fre, Ger, Jap, Kor
Notes: Ita / Eng
Region code: 0 – All regions
Duration: 139 min.

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