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Giovanni PAISIELLO (1740-1816)
Cecilia Bartoli, Jonas Kaufmann, Laszlo Polgar, Juliette Galstian, Frederica Bartoli
Zurich Opera, Adam Fischer
PAL 100 366 NTSC 100 367
Running Time: 166 minutes (120 min Opera)
"Bartoli's Nina is an extraordinary achievement¡Kwide-eyed, unpredictable moods ranging from extreme introspection to writhing and hysterical cackling.... Bartoli has worked out a remarkable conception of a difficult, even unsympathetic role and carried it off triumphantly." (The Sunday Times)
The eponymous heroine Nina had a far-reaching influence on the operatic taste of the Romantic era. Driven out of her wits by the supposed death of her lover, Lindoro, the role of Nina offers a wealth of opportunity for histrionic and vocal fireworks.
In this live recording from the Zurich Opera of a revival of Cesare Lievi's highly successful 1998 production, Cecilia Bartoli triumphs as Nina.
"Her sudden changes of emotional gear are constantly surprising...The colour-range of her voice is truly stupendous, while the sound itself reflects a sun-backed mellowness, as if fuelled by solar energy...Her Nina is a tour de force" (Opera Magazine)
Extra Feature: 46-minute documentary: "A Forgotten Genius - A portrait of the composer"
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