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DONIZETTI: Roberto Devereux (Bergamo Musica Festival, 2006) (NTSC)



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DONIZETTI: Roberto Devereux (Bergamo Musica Festival, 2006) (NTSC)

Gaetano Donizetti
(sung in Italian)

Elizabeth, Queen of England – Dimitra Theodossiou
The Duke of NottinghamAndrew Schroeder
Sara, Duchess of Nottingham Federica Bragaglia
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex Massimiliano Pisapia
Lord CecilLuigi Albani
Sir Walter RaleighGiorgio Valerio

Bergamo Musica Festival Chorus
Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra
Marcello Rota
, conductor

Filmed at the Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, Italy, September 2006


Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: Dolby Digital 2.0 / Dolby Surround 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 134 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

One of Donizetti’s most emotionally raw operas, Roberto Devereux ossia Il conte di Essex was also the third to be loosely based on episodes in the life of Queen Elizabeth I. It deals with the love of Elizabeth and her favourite, the Earl of Essex, perhaps most tellingly expressed in the Act I duet, Nascondi, frena i palpiti, o misero mio core / Hide, hold back your palpitation, oh my wretched heart! Elizabeth’s subsequent abdication is, however, a matter of dramatic licence, yet provides a memorable operatic conclusion to this tragedy of love and jealousy as she despairs at the death of her lover – Quel sangue versato al ciel s’innalza / The blood that is spilt rises up to Heaven. Directed by Francesco Bellotto, this was the inaugural production of the Bergamo Music Festival 2006, featuring the Greek soprano and leading Donizetti specialist, Dimitra Theodossiou, and the young American baritone Andrew Schroeder, both in superb voice.

Donizetti, Gaetano

Cammarano, Salvadore

Rota, Marcello

Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra

Bergamo Musica Festival Chorus

Albani, Luigi; Bragaglia, Federica; Pisapia, Massimiliano; Schroeder, Andrew; Theodossiou, Dimitra; Valerio, Giorgio

Label: Naxos

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 2.110232

Barcode: 0747313523252

Release Date: 05/2008

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