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ROSSINI, G.: Viaggio a Reims (Il) (Liceu, 2003) (PAL)



ROSSINI, G.: Viaggio a Reims (Il) (Liceu, 2003) (PAL)

Gioachino ROSSINI
II viaggio a Reims

Libretto by: Luigi Balocchi
Stage Director: Sergi Belbel
Choreography: Keith Morino


Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 164 mins
Region Code: PAL All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D, SP
Recording Date: March 2003

TDK presents an ebullient and colourful staging of Rossini's one-act dramma giocoso at the Gran Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

This opera was originally commissioned for the coronation of Charles X as King of France in Reims cathedral; thus it was written not for the stage, but for a special occasion, which Rossini did not intend to become part of the repertory: he only permitted it to be performed a few times so as to be free to re-use the music, which he did mainly in Le Comte Ory (1828). The opera has also suffered from the difficulty of assembling a cast more than three times that of a normal opera buffa and composed exclusively of outstanding virtuosi.

The undeniable attraction of Viaggio a Reims lies in the libretto, with its biting irony and playfulness characteristic of Rossini's comic operas and above all in the extraordinarily brilliant score, comprising arias, duets and ensembles that afford ample scope for the singers to show off their talents and feature some of Rossini's most elaborate and spectacular vocal writing.

Corinna: Elena de la Merced
La Marchesa Melibea: Paula Rasmussen
La Contessa di Folleville: Mariola Cantarero
Madama Cortese: María Bayo
II Cavaliere Belfiore: Josep Bros
II Conte di Libenskof: Kenneth Tarver
Lord Sidney: Simón Orfila
Don Profondo: Nicola Ulivieri
II Barone di Trombonok: Enzo Dara
Don Alvaro: Àngel Òdena
Don Prudenzio: Stephen Morscheck
Don Luigino: Josep Ruiz
Delia: Claudia Schneider
Maddalena: Mireia Pintó
Modestina: Mercè Obiol
Zefirino: David Alegret
Antonio: Àlex Sanmartí
Gelsomino: Jordi Casanova


Rossini, Gioachino

Balocchi, Luigi

López-Cobos, Jesús

Liceu Grand Theatre Orchestra

Liceu Grand Theatre Chorus

Alegret, David; Bayo, Maria; Bros, Jose; Cantarero, Mariola; Casanova, Jordi; Dara, Enzo; Merced, Elena de la; Morscheck, Stephen; Obiol, Merce; Orfila, Simon; Pinto, Mireia; Rasmussen, Paula; Ruiz, Josep; Sanmarti, Alex; Schneider, Claudia; Tarver, Kenneth; Ulivieri, Nicola


Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: DV-OPVAR

Barcode: 5450270008407

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Listening samples not available for this release.

Release Date: 10/2004

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