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Donizetti: La favorite / Luisi, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 09/14/2018 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 57822  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Celso AlbeloVeronica SimeoniFrancesca LongariManuel Amati,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale OrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Gaetano Donizetti's La Favorite was rather laborious in the making: it started out as a re-working of L'Ange de Nisida, to which the composer added parts taken from some other operas of his. The work, which was premiered at the Opéra of Paris, is set in 14th-century Castile and tells the story of the hapless love between Fernand, who has second thoughts about taking holy orders and leaves the monastery of Santiago de Compostela, and Leonor, the mistress of king Alphonse XI. It is an intimate drama, where history
Read more and politics are but the backdrop to the protagonists' passions and torments. Fabio Luisi's conducting is both measured in balancing the orchestral sounds, and personal, varied and vigorous. The orchestra is crystal-clear, neat in its accompaniment, neither subject to the voices nor prevaricating. Veronica Simeoni (Leonor), Celso Albelo (Fernand) and Mattia Olivieri (Alphonse) give excellent vocal and acting performances.
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La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Celso Albelo (Tenor), Veronica Simeoni (Mezzo Soprano), Francesca Longari (Soprano),
Manuel Amati (Tenor), Leonardo Sgroi (Tenor), Mattia Olivieri (Baritone),
Ugo Guagliardo (Bass)
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 

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