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Rossini: Ciro di Babilonia / Podles, Spyres, Crutchfield

Rossini / Podles / Crutchfield / Livermore
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1108  
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  George Von BergenRaffaele CostantiniCarmen RomeuRobert McPherson,   ... 
Conductor:  Will Crutchfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale ChorusBologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 45 Mins. 

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The Biblical story of Belshazzar's hubristic arrogance set against the valour of the young warrrior-leader Cyrus provided the 20-year-old Rossini with a dramatic story with West-Eastern resonances which still speak to us today. For the title role of Cyrus, Rossini wrote what would be his longest-ever contralto role, to which the great Rossini singer Ewa Podles is both naturally attracted and ideally suited. She is partnered by two young stars of Rossini singing, Jessica Pratt and Michael Spyres, and a conductor-scholar, Will Crutchfield, of immense experience and sympathy.

What the press said:
''In the title role, the
Read more booming contralto Ewa Podles gives the kind of old-style, intensely felt performance that is her trademark. As Amira, the soprano Jessica Pratt established herself in two daunting arias as a brilliant new presence on the bel canto scene.'' New York Times

Gioachino Rossini CIRO IN BABILONIA

Ciro – Ewa Podles
Amira – Jessica Pratt
Baldassare – Michael Spyres
Zambri – Mirco Palazzi
Argene – Carmen Romeu
Arbace – Robert McPherson
Daniello – Raffaele Costantini
Ned Keene – George von Bergen


Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus and Orchestra Will Crutchfield, conductor


Davide Livermore, stage director

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2012

Bonus:
- Cast gallery

Picture format:NTSC 16:9 Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Running time: 165 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
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Works on This Recording

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Ciro in Babilonia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  George Von Bergen (Baritone), Raffaele Costantini (Bass), Carmen Romeu (Soprano),
Robert McPherson (Tenor), Ewa Podles (Alto), Jessica Pratt (Soprano),
Michael Spyres (Tenor), Mirco Palazzi (Bass)
Conductor:  Will Crutchfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 

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