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DVUS-OPBT - BELLINI: Beatrice di Tenda

Vincenzo BELLINI (1805-1834)
Beatrice di Tenda

Libretto by Felice Romani
Edita Gruberova • Michael Volle • Stefania Kaluza • Rahi Herndndez
Miroslav Chrestoff • Boguslaw Bidzinski • Zurich Opera House, Marcello Vioti

Barcode: 824121000431
SRP:$29.99 ($59.99CAN)
Recorded in 2001
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: 5.1 /Stereo
Running Time: 144 Minutes

Today's audiences often find it difficult to comprehend what makes Vincenzo Bellini's operas remarkable. Works like Beatrice di Tenda were not rediscovered and staged until the second half of the 20th century. Bellini's credo was, "I want to move to tears..." This sympathetic treatment of the text led his contemporaries to describe Bellini's music as 'filosofica'. Even Richard Wagner acknowledged this when he said, "Bellini's music comes from the heart and closely follows the text". The premiere of the opera was given at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice on 16 March 1873 and was an abysmal failure. Shouts of "Norma! Norma!" were heard from the gallery, which was a clear indication that the audience missed the belcanto style in Beatrice di Tenda. In his new opera Bellini did not continue, as he did in Norma, with the virtuosity and coloratura artistry of the voices but explored a new way of musical expression, which brought to the fore a new warmth and different characteristics. Although Beatrice di Tenda is not one of Bellini's most successful operas, the title role is a popular showpiece among sopranos. Special features include an interview with Marcello Viotti.

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