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Gioacchino Rossini's
'Adelaide di Borgogna' -
recommended by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... the Bologna singers and players ... respond finely to every nuance ...'

Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (first recording). © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH

The composer thought this opera was set in the time of Otto I, whose reign spanned the middle of the tenth century, and who campaigned twice in Italy. On the first occasion he won Adelaide as wife; next time he went to help the pope (as so often, in dire trouble) and was crowned emperor by John XII. Not that this matters in the least, as the director has preferred to set the opera during the Italian Risorgimento, after Rossini's death, when the composer should really be Verdi. Serious operas by Rossini have reached me rarely, but this one is so complete a winner that it could cheerfully be staged at any time and in any place...

Copyright © 8 March 2013 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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ROSSINI: ADELAIDE DI BORGOGNA

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI

ITALY

ARTHAUS MUSIK GMBH

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