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Donizetti: La Favorita / Chichon, Garanca, Bavarian State Orchestra [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 07/21/2017 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002698059  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Mika KaresMatthew PolenzaniElina GarancaMariusz Kwiecien,   ... 
Conductor:  Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State OrchestraBavarian State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Recorded live in October 2016, this is the Bayerische Staatsoper’s first new production of Donizetti’s La Favorite in over a hundred years. Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon and stage directed by Amélie Niermeyer, it features role debuts for several stars, including DG's own Elina Garanca as Leonor de Guzman, Matthew Polenzani as Fernand, and Mariusz Kwiecien as Alphonse XI.


Picture Format: 1080i High Definition 16:9
Region: All Regions
Sound Formats:
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Language: English



The “fabulous Elina Garanca sings beautifully and emotionally restrained, leaving the audience deeply moved during her dying scene”, while Matthew Polenzani, in his debut as Fernand, scores with superb singing and acting, “reaching high tones with ease” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Mariusz Kwiecien “convinces with the proper dandified arrogance and impressive acting”, while conductor Karel Mark Chichon completes the musically fantastic performance by “getting the most out of the Bayerische Staatsorchester, impressively bringing out the dark, viscous sounds of the score and following the soloists with great intuition.” (BR Klassik) Read less

Works on This Recording

La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Mika Kares (Bass), Matthew Polenzani (Tenor), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano),
Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone), Joshua Owen Mills (Tenor), Elsa Benoit (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 

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