Bellini: Norma / Anderson, Barcellona, Biondi

Release Date: 4/26/2011
Label: Arthaus Musik
Catalog Number: 107235
Conductor: Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Europa Galante, Verdi Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This production of Bellini’s famous masterpiece Norma was extraordinary in many aspects. Staged by Italian director and filmmaker Roberto Andó at the Teatro Regio in Parma, it gathered international stars like American soprano June Anderson and shooting star Daniela Barcellona as well as Russian bass lldar Abdrazakov. Audience and critics alike enthusiastically received the remarkable orchestral accompaniment. Fabio Biondi’s transparent conducting and the authentic performance practice of Europa Galante illuminated the musical structure of Bellini’s opera and provided a new perspective on early 19th century opera. Playing on historic instruments, the ensemble’s velvety tone and transparent playing enabled a constant musical exchange between orchestra and singers, which complemented the exquisite voices perfectly. June Anderson has long been considered one of the leading sopranos in the belcanto repertoire. Her lyric voice shines particularly brightly against the softer sound texture of historic instruments, thus adding a rare flexibility to the dramatic soprano part of Norma. This is especially palpable in the famous aria „Casta diva, che in argenti“, one of the gems of Italian song.

Pollione – Shin Young-Hoon
Norma – June Anderson
Clotilde – Svetlana Ignatovitch
Oroveso – Ildar Abdrazakov
Adalgisa – Daniela Barcellona
Flavio – Leonardo Melani

Verdi Festival Chorus
(chorus master: Martino Faggiani)
Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi, conductor

Roberto Andò, stage director
Giovanni Carluccio, set designer
Nanà Cecchi, costume designer
Guido Levi, lighting designer

Recorded live from the Teatro Regio di Parma, 2001.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
Running time: 163 mins
No. of DVDs: 2 (1x DVD 9 + 1x DVD 5)
Works on This Recording
1. Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: June Anderson (Soprano), Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano), Shin Young-Hoon (Tenor), Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass), Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Verdi Festival Chorus, Europa Galante
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
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