Didone Abbandonata


Giuseppe Saverio Mercadante Didone Abbandonata opera to a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. Directed 2018 by Jürgen Flimm at the Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck, Austria as part of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Stars Viktorija Miškūnaitė (Didone), Katrin Wundsam (Enea), Carlo Vincenzo Allemano (Jarba), Pietro Di Bianco (Osmida), Diego Godoy (Araspe), and Emilie Renard (Selene). Alessandro De Marchi conducts the Academia Montis Regalis. Features Chiara Cattani on fortepiano. Set design by Magdalena Gut; costume design by Kristina Bell; lighting design by Irene Selka; choreography by Tiziana Colombo. Directed for TV by Götz Filenius. Sung in Italian. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Richard Wigmore, writing in the August 2019 Gramophone (page 90) points out, and ArkivMusic agrees, that this is the only recording of this opera available now in any format. With something this obscure, you wouldn’t expect world famous singers. But, per Wigmore, if you are a bel canto fan with everything, you may want to look into this. There is much in the singing and orchestra performance, he says, to enjoy if you can tolerate the industrial-grunge designs and updating.

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