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Rossini: La Scala Di Seta / Serra, Kuebler, Rinaldi

Rossini / Serra / Kuebler / Rinaldi / Corbelli
Release Date: 03/21/2006 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2054978  
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alberto RinaldiDavid KueblerJane BunnellLuciana Serra,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Gioacchino Rossini: La scala di seta

David Griffith · Luciana Serra · Jane Bunnell · David Kuebler · Alberto Rinaldi · Alessandro Corbelli
Harpsicord and fortepiano: Simone Young
Directed for Stage by Michael Hampe
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Gianluigi Gelmetti, conductor

Recorded live at the Rococo Theatre Schwetzingen, May 1990

Picture Format : NTSC · 4:3 fullscreen
Sound Formats: PCM Stereo · Dolby Digital 5.1 · DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (all)
Subtitles : Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Booklet Notes: English, German, French
Running Time: 100 minutes
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ROSSINI La scala di seta ? Gianluigi Gelmetti, cond; Luciana Serra ( Giulia ); Jane Bunnell ( Lucilla ); David Kuebler ( Dorvil ); Alessandro Corbelli ( Germano ); Alberto Rinaldi ( Blansac ); David Griffith ( Dormont ); Stuttgart RSO ? EUROARTS 2054978 (DVD: 100:00) Live: Schwetzingen 5/1990

Barely four years into his composing career, Rossini wrote La scala di seta (?The Silken Ladder?). It is the third of his five one-act operas, works created around restrictions in cast size and production limitations. Four of the operas are comedies full of witty intrigues, but L?inganno felice is something apart, being more sentimental in nature. Rossini was in his late teens and early twenties when these one-act gems were written, but his compositional skills and genius for attractive melodies combined with rhythmic thrust were already in place. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, director Michael Hampe and conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti, in connection with the Schwetzingen Festival, staged the four farsa?s ( Il signor Bruschino, L?occasione fa il ladro, La cambiale di matrimonio, and La scala di seta ) at the intimate Rococo theater. Fortunately for Rossini-lovers, these absolutely wonderful productions were videotaped.

They are unpretentious stagings with beautiful, elaborate, realistic sets, extravagantly costumed, loaded with witty business, free of gratuitous shtick, and populated with a coterie of bel canto specialists. David Kuebler, Alessandro Corbelli, and Alberto Rinaldi appear in most of them. Originally, these four operas appeared on Teldec, but are now being released on the EuroArts label.

The plot of La scala di seta is firmly from the world of amorous intrigues, wily servants, forced betrothals, secret marriages, and deceived older men. The ladder, made from blue silk, is hung from the balcony each night so Dorvil can climb up and meet Giulia, to whom he is secretly married, and hide in her closet. Giulia is Dormont?s ward, and Dormont has arranged a marriage between her and Blansac. Giulia?s cousin, Lucilla, is in love with Blansac. Blansac is likewise interested in Lucilla. When Blansac discovers his intended is already married to Dorvil, he proposes to Lucilla and all ends happily. It?s not profound material, so sit back and savor the delights for an hour and a half. Your ears and eyes will be treated to a first-class production.

FANFARE: David L. Kirk
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Works on This Recording

La scala di seta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone), David Kuebler (Tenor), Jane Bunnell (Mezzo Soprano),
Luciana Serra (Soprano), Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 

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