Il Borgomastro di Saardam


Donizetti Il Borgomastro di Saardam opera to libretto by Domenico Gilardoni. World première video recording directed by Davide Ferrario in 2017 at the Fondazione Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, Italy.  Stars Giorgio Caoduro (The Tsar), Juan Francisco Gatell (Pietro Flimann), Andrea Concetti (Wambett), Irina Dubrovskaya (Marietta), Aya Wakizono (Carlotta), Pietro Di Bianco (Leforte), Pasquale Scircoli (Alì Mahmed), and Alessandro Ravasio (An Officer). Roberto Rizzi Brignoli (with Assistant Conductor Roberto Frattini) conducts the Orchestra Donizetti Opera and the Coro Donizetti Opera (Chorus Master Fabio Tartari). Set designs by Francesca Bocca; costumes by Giada Masi; lighting by Alessandro Andreoli. Video direction by Matteo Ricchetti; sound engineering by Rino Trasi. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

More long-buried bel canto treasure — according to ArkivMusic, this is the only recording of Borgomastro, a comic melodrama. Based (wildly) on a true event, it seems that Peter the Great of Russia goes to The Netherlands incognito to work as an industrial spy in the port of Saardam. He then gets embroiled in a comedy of mistaken identity when the Mayor tries to arrest a certain criminal named Peter. Of course, there’s also a girl involved, and all works out well in a way that shows why Tsar Peter came to be known as “Great.” Richard Lawrence in the July 2018 Gramophone (pages 90-91) calls this “Great fun.” That’s a short review.

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