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Gioachino Rossini - Il Turco in Italia (Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, 2009) [Blu-ray]  [NTSC]
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Live recording of Rossini's 'Il Turco' performed at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy in 2009. Jonathan Webb conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice; soloists include Simone Alaimo, Myrto Papatanasiu, Bruno de Simone and Antonino Siragusa.
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I must say I thought Antonella Nappa verged on the lacklustre in her performance as the gipsy beauty Zaida. Although this role is small compared to the three main roles forming the triangle between Selim the Turk, Donna Florilla and her husband Don Geronio, it is, nevertheless, an important one in relation to the plot that requires a performer who is able to come across as a real gipsy and not just as a half-hearted attempt at being one. Fortunately, none of this is bad enough to either spoil the performance or warrant a star deduction. At least, I don't think so, although some might.
This work is of great value just to watch and listen to as a relaxing romp. There are so many kinds of opera which we can watch for a variety of reasons. Interest in a particular opera and its performance is enhanced when we are able to relate to it in relation to such things as the period in which it was composed, the age and experience of the composer when it was written, why it was composed and so on. For instance, we can say: 'Ah yea! This shows how the young composer was beginning to develop into his future greatness.Read more ›
I recommend this to Rossini lovers as this will be played repeatedly.
and costumes. The acting, singing and music making are first rate. The picture, camera work and sound quality are also very good. Highly recommended.
I think it is about to, because the staging of this Opera in this production not only pleases, but such a fantastic recording of such balanced sound (in PCM that I heard it in) is going to make it go a long way. To top it all, the picture is almost perfect as a showpiece for a blu ray recording, although lights are harsh at certain places. To make it even more alluring, not many would fail to be smitten by Myrto Papatanasiu in the role of Fiorella. Let me assure you, a less pretty (or let me be brutally honest, an unattractive or plain 'fat') Soprano could just not have pulled it off, especially with the kind of personality that Fiorella portrays.
So, again according to me, why was this Opera neglected so far?
The incredulous plot (please read it elsewhere on the net, wont waste time elaborating it here) that falls to smithereens after a very solid beginning right up to slightly after the middle of the opera. I will not go into that in detail, it is to be experienced.
The plot is not just incredulous, but extremely daring for the beginning of the 19th century, whatever the truths about the 'morality' of the era may have been, even given the hypocrisy of both the nobility and the peasants alike.Read more ›