Daniela Barcellona, Darina Takova
Raúl Giménez, Marco Spotti
Barbara Di Castri, Nicola Marchesini
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Riccardo Frizza, conductor
Pier Luigi Pizzi, stage director
Recorded at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Firenze, October 2005
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (All Region)
Booklet Languages: English, French, German
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Running time: 155 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
- Gioachino Rossini's Tancredi, a 'melodramma eroico' in two acts has a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, after Voltaire's Tancrède, and received its first performance at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, on 6 February 1813.
- The action takes place in 11th century Syracuse, where the feud between the leading families of Orbazzano and Argirio has been ended, in the face of danger from attack by the Saracen leader Solamir. Argirio, now the leader of Syracuse, offers the hand of his daughter to Orbazzano, but Amenaide has been secretly engaged to the exiled knight Tancredi. The ensuing confusions and misinterpretations result in Amenaide's arrest and Tancredi's fatal wounding.
- Rossini's Tancredi, regarded by Stendhal as his masterpiece, was staged in Ferrara soon after the first performance in Venice, but now, unusually, with a tragic ending, as in Voltaire's play. The opera includes the popular 'Di tanti palpiti' (After such beating of the heart), after Tancredi has landed in Syracuse, and provides a challenging rôle for the protagonist and a remarkable combination of operatic tradition with dramatic requirements.