Il castello di Kenilworth


Donizetti Il castello di Kenilworth opera to a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. Directed 2018 by Maria Pilar Pérez Aspa (with assistant director Federico Bertolani) at the Bergamo Teatro Sociale as part of the Donizetti Opera Festival. Stars Jessica Pratt (Elisabetta), Carmela Remigio (Amelia), Xabier Anduaga (Leicester), Stefan Pop (Warney), Dario Russo (Lambourne), and Federica Vitali (Fanny). Riccardo Frizza conducts the Orchestra Donizetti Opera and the Coro Donizetti Opera (Chorus Master Fabio Tartari). Set design by Angelo Sala; costume design by Ursula Patzak with assistant costume designer Nika Campisi; lighting design by Fiammetta Baldiserri. Directed for TV by Adriano Figari and Matteo Ricchetti. Sound recorded by Rino Trasi and Giuseppe Famularo. Sung in Italian. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

An obscure rarity from early Donizetti, ArkivMusics list this title as the only recording available in any format. Mark Pullinger, writing in the September 2019 Gramophone at page 105 tries to be kind and, after concluding that the budget got blown on costumes, deems the result to be, in a word, “enjoyable.” How’s that for faint praise? If you’re looking for a gift for a bel canto fan, there would be little risk of duplication.

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