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Spontini: La Fuga In Maschera [Viruoosi Italiani, Ruth Rosique, Caterina Di Tonho] [DVD]  [NTSC]
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LA FUGA IN MASCHERA
Libretto by Giuseppe Palomba
I Virtuosi Italiani
Conducted by Corrado Rovaris
"a firework of humor and merry entertainment" (Das Opernglas).
- Once known for his stately grand operas Gaspare Spontini posthumously surprised posterity with a light-hearted "commedia per musica" that was found at an antiquarian book dealer in England in 2006 and performed for the first time since 1800 at the Festival Pergolesi e Spontini in Jesi, Italy.
- With its motoric ensembles, intensifying rhythmic repetitions, and imaginative play with word fragments, La fuga in maschera anticipates Rossini at his best.
- Known for their historically informed performances, I Virtuosi Italiani is considered as "one of the most dynamic and able-bodied ensembles in the international musical world" (Milano Finanza).
- Corrado Rovaris and I Virtuosi Italiani play with immense verve and joy.
- Convincing in their roles as young lovers are the young singers who are also "masters in the ancient art of commedia dell'arte" (la Repubblica) Ruth Rosique, Caterina Di Tonno, Alessandra Marianelli, Clemente Paliotti, Filippo Morace, Alessandro Spina and Dionigi D'Ostuni.
Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 145 mins
German FSK: 0
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Although there are no outstanding, set piece arias in the work, the music and singing throughout are inspiringly delightful. Top grade tragic operas certainly have their place, but opera is a versatile genre expressible in a vast variety of ways and this is just one of them. The ridiculous buffoonery of this work is the best antidote to all the religion-inspired violence and suffering we see in the world around us. If more people would stop being so serious all the time it would prevent more of us from degrading ourselves into violence. This production made me feel so happy and pleased and thinking that it's not so far removed from my own long experience of life.
The actor-singers are all well chosen for their parts and DVD recording is of the highest quality in both sound and picture focus. The simple staging is just right for this kind of work and the costumes fit in with general buffoonery. My view has always been that over-staging can mar a production to an extent that's unachievable with under-staging and this production is a superb example of how not to ruin a work with stage clutter.Read more ›
Spontini's writing in this light opera, a relatively early work dating from his Italian period, involves much hair-raising virtuoso writing of the essential ingredients of rhythmic repetition, motoric ensembles and play with word fragments which Rossini made much of. If anything, the writing is even more demanding of vocal dexterity than that demanded by Rossini in some of his more demanding passages.
The plot revolves around seven characters that all have conflicting interests in the matrimonial stakes. Most of these claims to matrimonial bliss are doubtful but at the end of the opera most of the complications are resolved for good or ill.
This could not be described as a deep operatic experience but no-one could doubt the vocal skills of the whole cast who despatch their vocally demanding roles with remarkable and breath-taking skill. These young singers will be ones to watch out for in the future when more emotionally demanding or convincing roles may be expected of them.
Rather than providing an in-depth consideration of each singer within this opera it should be sufficient to list them for the future as equally note-worthy.Read more ›
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A hugely enjoyable and well written comic opera. Both the singing and the playing are first rate. Some may have issues with the set but this is a small opera company and I feel... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Pdon