[ Sony RCA Classical Opera / 3 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Monday 20 February 2017
I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini's exquisitely lyrical treatment of Romeo and Juliet, has garnered renewed popularity in recent decades. The 1998 Munich recording reissued here is one of the catalogue's most acclaimed, particularly for the vibrant, expressive Romeo of mezzo Vesselina Kasarova and the conducting of Roberto Abbado, who, wrote Gramophone, "has Bellini's lyricism within him (hear the finale to Act 1, for instance). He elicits fine playing from the Munich orchestra."