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Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri / Soffel, Weikert, Et Al

Rossini / Soffel / Gambill / Von Kannen / Weikert
Release Date: 02/20/2001 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 100121  
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Doris SoffelRobert GambillGünter von Kannen
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Conductor: Ralf Weikert
Stage Director: Michael Hampe
Recording Date: 1987
Recording Place: Schwetzinger Festspiele
Running Time: 117 min, incl. 20 min Interview with Michael Hampe
Menu Languages NTSC: English, French, Spanish, Japanese
Subtitle Languages NTSC: English, French, Japanese

Orchestra, Chorus:
Radio Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Bulgarischer Männerchor Sofia

Following the triumphant premiere of L'Italiana in Algeri at the Venetian Teatro di San Benedetto on 22 May 1813, Rossini commented: "I believed that the Venetians would consider me mad after hearing my opera. Now it appears that they are even madder than I." This opera, with its
Read more then typical Oriental atmosphere, brought Rossini's breakthrough as an opera composer. At only 21 years of age he composed this early masterpiece, which even today comes across as a perfectly unified piece, in only 18 or 27 days. This recording is of a guest performance by the Zurich Opera House at the 1987 Schwetzingen Festival and was made in the Schwetzingen Rococo Theatre. Production was by Michael Hampe, set design and costumes were by Mauro Pagano, and Ralf Weikert conducted. The German mezzo-soprano Doris Soffel, who has achieved international acclaim primarily for her Wagner roles, performs the virtuoso title part of Isabella.
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Works on This Recording

L'italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Doris Soffel (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Gambill (Tenor), Günter von Kannen (Bass)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 

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