[ Delos Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc ]
Release Date: Saturday 3 September 2016
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Perhaps the least performed of Italian master Giacomo Puccini's mature operas, La Rondine (The Swallow) was originally conceived as Puccini's first (and only) operetta. But, as stage director Rolando Villazón puts it, "Puccini is Puccini". Thus the work turned out to be an artful blend of operetta and opera, with a somewhat lighter mood and simpler plot than most of the composer's more serious masterpieces. But its gorgeous music makes it a "must see" for any opera fan.
This riveting and beautifully portrayed video account of La Rondine stars the rapidly emerging soprano (and Delos artist) Dinara Alieva and widely acclaimed tenor Charles Castronovo in the lead roles. Filmed live at the top-ranked Deutsche Oper Berlin, the action unfolds in a dazzling and profound production under the direction of legendary tenor and stage director Rolando Villazón and conducted by the renowned maestro Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
Subtitles: Eng, Fr, Ger
"Villázon shows admirable restraint in a straightforward, stylish production that contains a good deal of charm…there's a rich darkness to [Alieva's] voice, especially in Doretta's Dream…Castronovo's Ruggero moons around with puppy-dog eyes…a perfect role for his lyric tenor. Alvaro Zambrano provides a good contrast, a vibrant Prunier…an understated, stylish production" (Blu-ray of the Month Gramophone July 2016)