Rosmonda d'Inghilterra


Donizetti Rosmonda d'Inghilterra opera to libretto by Felice Romani. Directed 2016 by Paolo Rota [named apparently misspelled "Paola" on back cover above] at the Teatrto Donizetti in Bergamo. Stars Jessica Pratt (Rosmonda), Eva Mei (Leonora), Dario Schmunck (Enrico), Nicola Ulivieri (Clifford), and Raffaella Lupinacci (Arturo). Sebastiano Rolli conducts the Orchestra Donizetti Opera. Set and lighting design by Nicolas Bovey; costumes by Massimo Cantini Parrini; assistant direction by Irene Petris; assistent costume design by Jessica Zambelli; video direction by Matteo Ricchetti. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Another lost treasure is being unearthed by the folks at the Donizetti Foundation and the Dynamic label. Subject title is the only video of Rosmonda. So this is a big deal for lovers of Donizetti and bel canto.  It helps the treasure hunters a lot to have HDVD presentation of new productions of almost-forgotten works.

This was reviewed by Mark Pullinger on page 104 of the September 2017 Gramophone. Because of what Pullinger considers "rudimentary production values", he still prefers an Opera Rara CD of this with Renée Fleming. The Fleming disc is the only CD available of this. So your choice now would be between 2 titles, one in CD and the other in Blu-ray.