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Donizetti: La Favorita / Chichon, Garanca, Bavarian State Orchestra

Release Date: 07/21/2017 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002698109  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Mika KaresMatthew PolenzaniElina GarancaMariusz Kwiecien,   ... 
Conductor:  Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State OrchestraBavarian State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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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.


Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio - 16:9
Region Code: 0 (Worldwide)



The “fabulous Elina Garanca sings beautifully and
Read more 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 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 la favorite November 17, 2017 By noel manning (scarsdale, NY) See All My Reviews "to whom it may concern; la favorite opera is at the top of my list as my favorite! it was well performed and interestingly cast. I still have to pay for my dvd but it is well worth the payment." Report Abuse
 Wish it had come out on CD first October 3, 2017 By Dennis B. (Reno, NV) See All My Reviews "I have to agree with the other reviewer. This a dream cast but the production is too busy, trying to make a simple love triangle into something much more complicated/"relevant" than it needs to be." Report Abuse
 The best singers working today deserve Top Stagin August 30, 2017 By Orlie J. Boehler (Edmond, OK) See All My Reviews "La Favorite is one of the great operas. This great cast deserved much better staging which could best be described at best.... TEDIOUS!!!! The three performers are three of my favorite singers. therefor: 3-- stars for the presentation. 5 stars for the cast!!!!" Report Abuse
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