Recorded in December 2001, the TDK DVD version offers an updated production from Zurich Opera House, with modern dress and geometric sets with stairs and handrails as though on an ocean liner. The performance—after Beatrice’s delayed entry into the story—revolves round the fine performance of Edita Gruberová in the title-role, bright and agile, if occasionally edgy as recorded. Raul Hernández sings stylishly as the hero, Orombello, and the mezzo, Stefania Kaluza, is strongly cast as Agnese, with Marcello Viotti the purposeful conductor. The opera alone (144 minutes) might have been squeezed on to a single disc, but with a 26-minute interview (in French) with the conductor also included, the set spreads to a second disc.
"Remarkably fine singing graces this issue...[Gruberova] sings with a fine art which makes full use of this astonishingly well preserved voice and the other soloists are worthy of the occasion. Gruberova's singing is exquisite."
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