Matilde di Shabran

Rossini Matilde di Shabran opera to a libretto by Jacopo Ferretti. Directed 2012 by Mario Martone at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Stars Olga Peretyatko (Matilde), Juan Diego Flórez (Corradino), Paolo Bordogna (Isidoro), Anna Goryachova (Edoardo), Nicola Alaimo (Aliprando), Chiara Chialli (Contessa d'Arco), Simon Orfila (Ginardo), Giorgio Misseri (Egoldo), Marco Filippo Romano (Raimondo), and Ugo Rosati (Rodrigo). Also features musicians Giulio Zappa (fortepiano) and Roberto Cima (Cello continuo). Michele Mariotti conducts the Orchestra and Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Chorus Master Lorenzo Fratini). Set design by Sergio Tramonti; costume design by Ursula Patzak; lighting design by Pasquale Mari; video direction by Tiziano Mancini. Released 2013, disc has dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

Juan Diego Florez is famous for his success with the tenor role in this opera, which has some of Rossini's most difficult coloratura music. This comes to us from the same festival that brought us the well-regarded Mosè in Egitto and Zelmira Rossini titles, and it has been a good seller at MDT Recordings in the UK. Opera expert Patrick Dillon is unstinting in praising every aspect of this disc in a review on pages 66-67 of the May 2014 Opera News. So if you have any interest in bel canto or Rossini, this would appear to be something you have to get.

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