I Puritani


Bellini I Puritani opera to libretto by Carlo Pepoli. Directed 2018 by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Stars Roland Bracht (Lord Gualtiero Valton), Adam Palka (Sir Giorgio Valton), Ana Durlovski (Elvira), Réne Barbera (Lord Arturo Talbo), Diana Haller (Enrichetta di Francia), Gëzim Myshketa (Sir Riccardo Forth), and Heinz Göhrig (Sir Bruno Robertson). Manlio Benzi conducts the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and the Staatsopernchor Stuttgart (Chorus Master Christoph Heil). Set and costume design by Anna Viebrock; lighting design by Reinhard Traub; dramaturgy by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito. Directed for TV by Marcus Richardt. Released 2019, disc has 5.0 dts HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Neil Fisher, writing in the June 2019 Gramophone (pages 94-95) doesn’t know what to make of this production that “jumps from a kind of clarity to studied disregard for realism or characterisation” and which seems to present many of the roles as Elvira’s daydreams rather than actual people. He suggests that the strong singers here made it work live on stage, but that the effect is confused in the home theater. H’m — this is maybe not a good Puritani HDVD for beginners.

Here’s a trailer from Naxos: