Hans Pfitzner Palestrina opera to a libretto by the composer. Directed 2009 by Christian Stückl at the Nationaltheater in Munich. Stars Christopher Ventris (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina), Peter Rose (Pope Pius IV), Michael Volle (Giovanni Morone), Jon Daszak (Bernardo Novagerio), Roland Bracht (Cardinal Christoph Madruscht), Falk Struckmann (Carlo Borromeo), and Christiane Karg (Ighino). Simone Young conducts the Bayerisches Staatsochester and the Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper (Chorus Masters Andrés Máspero and Stellario Fagone). Stage and costume design by Stefan Hageneier; lighting design by Michael Bauer; video direction by Karina Fibich. Also includes Making of “Palestrina” bonus film. Released 2019, disc has dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was 16th century Italian composer who is still important for his church music and his contributions to the teaching of counterpoint.