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Giordano: Fedora / Freni, Domingo, Gavazzeni

Giordano / Freni / Domingo / Lsct / Gavazzeni
Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: OPFED  
Composer:  Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Ernesto GavazziAlessandro CorbelliMirella FreniPlacido Domingo,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mirella Freni embodies Fedora’s character with enormous authority. Her acting is not only brilliant, her great personality on the stage adds an extra dimension to the whole opera, which stands or falls with the protagonist’s role. This time it stands! Although, I have to mention that by 1993, Freni’s voice had lost much of its freshness. Her vibrato gets wobbly at times, her projection a little forced. Plácido Domingo’s performance is one of great conviction; dignified, but at the same time lush and abundant. His singing is marvelously concentrated and ideally suited for this music. The rest of the cast is very satisfying as well; to name just a few: Silvia Mazzoni as the young boy Dimitri, and Alessandro Corbelli as De Siriex the Read more diplomat.

Gianandrea Gavazzeni keeps control over singers and orchestra with a calm and lyrical Italian hand. The music flows gently out of his baton, and the Scala orchestra responds with warm singing and full-bodied sound. The stage design and costumes are not really breathtaking, rather traditional, but they contribute very well to the “whipped cream and chocolate” atmosphere of the work.

-- Bart Verhaeghe, FANFARE


La Principessa Fedora Romazoff - Mirella Freni
La Contessa Olga Sukarev - Adelina Scarabelli
Il Conte Loris Ipanoff - Plácido Domingo
De Siriex - Alessandro Corbelli
Dimitri - Silvia Mazzoni
Un piccolo Savoiardo - Monica Minarelli
Desiré - Ernesto Gavazzi
Il Barone Rouvel - Aldo Bottion
Cirillo - Luigi Roni
Boroff - Silvestro Sammaritano
Gretch - Alfredo Giacomotti
Lorek - Ernesto Panariello
Nicola - Vincenzo Alaimo
Sergio - Bruno Capisani
Michele - Renato Zanchetta
Boleslao - Arnold Bosman

Stage Director: Lamberto Puggelli

Sound: DD 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM-STEREO
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Region: 0 (all)
Running Time: 113 minutes
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Works on This Recording

Fedora by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor), Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor), Silvia Mazzoni (Mezzo Soprano), Monica Minarelli (Mezzo Soprano),
Adelina Scarabelli (Soprano), Aldo Bottion (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 

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