Rossini Serio (e Semiserio) - Collector's Box Set

Release Date: 1/22/2021
Label: Dynamic
Catalog Number: DYN-37888
Conductor: Victor Pablo Perez, Jia Lü, Alberto Zedda...
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra, Prague Chamber Chorus, Ghent Vlaanderen Opera House Symphony Chorus...
Number of Discs: 14
Length: 1260 Minutes

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The first misconception that the Rossini Renaissance has gradually corrected is that Rossini was only able to excel in the comic genre. Rossini’s serious operas, as a matter of fact, are not only overall of high artistic quality but also quite original. Indeed, they had a huge influence on the Italian Romantic output of Donizetti, Bellini, Pacini, Mercadante and of the first Verdi. We could go as far as to say that Rossini was not merely an Italian phenomenon but a European one, whose arrival had the explosive effect of a bomb sweeping away centuries-old conventions and manners of speaking and introducing, in their place, a series of new codes and attitudes which all 19th-century opera drew upon; also and perhaps especially in the serious genre. This collector’s boxset offers an interesting selection of Rossini’s main opera seria (and semiseria, with reference to La Gazza Ladra) played by great interpreters, conductors and directors, recorded live in prestigious venues such as Rossini Opera Festival (ROF) with the philological approach granted by Fondazione Rossini of Pesaro. Such titles as Torvaldo e Dorliska, Ermione, Bianca e Falliero are less knowns works as well.

Works on This Recording
1. Torvaldo e Dorliska (Rossini Opera Festival, 2006) (NTSC) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Darina Takova (Soprano), Francesco Meli (Tenor), Jeannette Fischer (Soprano), Michele Pertusi (Bass), Simone Alberghini (Bass-baritone), Bruno Praticò (Bass-baritone)
Conductor: Victor Pablo Perez
Period: Romantic
Written: 1815 ; Italy
2. Disc 2 by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Bruno Praticò (Bass-baritone), Darina Takova (Soprano), Francesco Meli (Tenor), Jeannette Fischer (Soprano), Michele Pertusi (Bass), Simone Alberghini (Bass-baritone)
Conductor: Victor Pablo Perez
Period: Romantic
Written: 1815 ; Italy
3. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) (Rossini Opera Festival, 2007) (NTSC) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Alex Esposito (Bass), Cosimo Panozzo (Tenor), Dmitry Korchak (Tenor), Kleopatra Papatheologou (Mezzo-soprano), Manuela Custer (Contralto), Mariola Cantarero (Soprano), Matteo Ferrara (Baritone), Michele Pertusi (Bass-baritone), Paolo Bordogna (Baritone), Sandhya Nagaraja (Vocals), Stefan Cifolelli (Tenor), Vittorio Prato (Baritone)
Conductor: Jia Lü
Written: 1817 ;
4. Disc 2 by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Alex Esposito (Bass), Cosimo Panozzo (Tenor), Dmitry Korchak (Tenor), Kleopatra Papatheologou (Mezzo-soprano), Manuela Custer (Contralto), Mariola Cantarero (Soprano), Matteo Ferrara (Baritone), Michele Pertusi (Bass-baritone), Paolo Bordogna (Baritone), Sandhya Nagaraja (Vocals), Stefan Cifolelli (Tenor), Vittorio Prato (Baritone)
Conductor: Jia Lü
Written: 1817 ;
5. Armida (Opera Vlaanderen, 2015) (NTSC) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Adam Smith (Tenor), Carmen Romeu (Soprano), Dario Schmunck (Tenor), Enea Scala (Tenor), Leonard Bernad (Bass), Robert McPherson (Tenor)
Conductor: Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ghent Vlaanderen Opera House Symphony Chorus, Ghent Vlaanderen Opera House Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Italy
6. Disc 2 by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Adam Smith (Tenor), Carmen Romeu (Soprano), Dario Schmunck (Tenor), Enea Scala (Tenor), Leonard Bernad (Bass), Robert McPherson (Tenor)
Conductor: Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ghent Vlaanderen Opera House Symphony Chorus, Ghent Vlaanderen Opera House Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Italy
7. Ermione (Rossini Opera Festival, 2008) (NTSC) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Antonino Siragusa (Tenor), Cristina Faus (Vocals), Ferdinand von Bothmer (Tenor), Gregory Kunde (Tenor), Irina Samoylova (Soprano), Marianna Pizzolato (Mezzo-soprano), Nicola Ulivieri (Bass), Riccardo Botta (Tenor), Sonia Ganassi (Mezzo-soprano)
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Italy
8. Disc 2 by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Antonino Siragusa (Tenor), Cristina Faus (Vocals), Ferdinand von Bothmer (Tenor), Gregory Kunde (Tenor), Irina Samoylova (Soprano), Marianna Pizzolato (Mezzo-soprano), Nicola Ulivieri (Bass), Riccardo Botta (Tenor), Sonia Ganassi (Mezzo-soprano)
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Italy
9. Bianca e Falliero (Rossini Opera Festival, 2005) (NTSC) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Francesco Meli (Tenor), Jiri Prudic (Bass), Karel Pajer (Tenor), Maria Bayo (Soprano), Ornella Bonomelli (Soprano), Stefan Cifolelli (Tenor), Carlo Lepore (Bass), Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo-soprano), Dario Benini (Bass)
Conductor: Renato Palumbo
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Italy
10. Disc 2 by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Carlo Lepore (Bass), Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo-soprano), Dario Benini (Bass), Francesco Meli (Tenor), Jiri Prudic (Bass), Karel Pajer (Tenor), Maria Bayo (Soprano), Ornella Bonomelli (Soprano), Stefan Cifolelli (Tenor)
Conductor: Renato Palumbo
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Italy
11. Maometto II (La Fenice, 2005) (NTSC) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Anna Rita Gemmabella (Contralto), Carmen Giannatasio (Soprano), Federico Lepre (Tenor), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Maxim Mironov (Tenor), Nicola Marchesini (Counter-tenor)
Conductor: Claudio Scimone
Written: 1820 ;
12. Disc 2 by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Anna Rita Gemmabella (Contralto), Carmen Giannatasio (Soprano), Federico Lepre (Tenor), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Maxim Mironov (Tenor), Nicola Marchesini (Counter-tenor)
Conductor: Claudio Scimone
Written: 1820 ;
13. Semiramide (Vlaamse Opera, 2011) (NTSC) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo-soprano), Charles Dekeyser (Bass), Eduardo Santamaria (Tenor), Igor Bakan (Bass-baritone), Josef Wagner (Bass), Julianne Gearhart (Soprano), Myrto Papatanasiu (Soprano), Robert McPherson (Tenor)
Conductor: Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vlaamse Opera Ghent Chorus, Vlaamse Opera Ghent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Italy
14. Disc 2 by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo-soprano), Charles Dekeyser (Bass), Eduardo Santamaria (Tenor), Igor Bakan (Bass-baritone), Josef Wagner (Bass), Julianne Gearhart (Soprano), Myrto Papatanasiu (Soprano), Robert McPherson (Tenor)
Conductor: Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vlaamse Opera Ghent Chorus, Vlaamse Opera Ghent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Italy
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