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DONIZETTI: L 'Ange de Nisida - Trailer [2019 Donizetti Opera]

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Gaetano Donizetti's L’Ange de Nisida was commissioned by the director of the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris. The libretto was entrusted to Gustave Vaëz and Alphonse Royer, and the opéra en quatre parties was completed in 1840. Unfortunately the theatre went bankrupt and the opera never reached the stage. Donizetti was aware that other venues would have rejected his work as it stood, for both repertoire and censorship reasons (the plot revolved around the King of Naples, Ferdinando d’Aragona, and his mistress). Consequently, he revised the score and incorporated a significant portion of it within his new one, La favorite.
The autograph score of L’Ange was subsequently lost and it is only thanks to the painstaking research of musicologist Candida Mantica that it was brought to light again. She took on the huge challenge of classifying the roughly 470 randomly alternate pages of L’Ange de Nisida that had survived at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris; she re-established their original order and finally managed to reconstruct roughly 97 percent of Donizetti’s music. The few gaps in the score were judged as irrelevant by both Mantica and Donizetti Opera, so that the opera was considered a complete work in itself, with no need for additions written by other composers.
180 years after its composition, the opera was finally performed for the first time in its original theatrical form in Donizetti’s native Bergamo, at the construction site of the city theatre bearing his name, a most symbolic coincidence that added emotional value to a long-awaited event.
The site became an element of director Francesco Micheli's dramaturgy, with the audience sitting in the first three tiers of boxes and on a dais on the stage, and the action taking place in the parterre, as in Elizabethan theatre. The staging's dramatic space reproduces a mass of sheets from the libretto and the score, scattered around as if they were an island, the island of Nisida. Lights, projections and costumes – amazingly made of paper – were designed to provide added reference to the plot and conceived to great effect.
The performance was hailed as a triumph by both the public and the critics and was awarded a special prize at the 39th Franco Abbiati Prize of Italian music critics.
- Winner of the special award at the 39th “Franco Abbiati” Prize of Italian music critics
- Sung in French. Subtitles in ITA, ENG, FRE, GER, JAP, KOR
- Extra content: Interview with the director
Opera in four acts - Libretto by Alphonse Royer and Guastave Vaëz
Edition by Candida Mantica© OperaRara/Peters, Lipsia
Italian Agent: Casa Musicale Sonzogno di Piero Ostali, Milano
Sylvia’s cabaletta (No. 11) edited by Candida Mantica orchestrated by
Federico Biscione ©Fondazione Teatro Donizetti
Conductor: Jean-Luc Tingaud
Orchestra and Chorus: Orchestra e Coro Donizetti Opera
Chorus master: Fabio Tartari
Director: Francesco Micheli
Venue: Festival Donizetti Opera 2019, Cantiere del Teatro Donizetti
Don Fernand d’Aragon: Florian Sempey
Don Gaspar: Roberto Lorenzi
Leone de Casaldi: Konu Kim
La comtesse Sylvia de Linarès: Lidia Fridman
Le Moine : Federico Benetti
Set designer: Angelo Sala
Costume designer: Margherita Baldoni
Light designer: Alessandro Andreoli

Produced by DYNAMIC SRL Italy
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Available from October 16th, 2020 on DVD (37848 - 2DVDs ) , BLURAY (57848) and digital-exclusive CD(7848 )

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