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The wedding bells will soon be ringing, and every hanger-on will be transformed into a welcome guest. There will be a notable write-up of the occasion in the local gazette, so that Rossini's curtain can come down both joyously and punctually.

Watch and listen -- Voi Clarice (Act 2) (DVD2 chapter 9, 71:39-73:13)
© 2007 Opus Arte / Teatro Real

The Madrid cast has proved itself exemplary, and both chorus and orchestra have responded magnificently to the sheer champagne of the young Rossini with its doubtless far-flung cork. Alberto Zedda on the rostrum is of course more heard than seen, a main delight of televised opera. If only Bayreuth carries such matters to their logical conclusion, the aural Zedda is certainly impressive enough to efface the visual.

Copyright © 21 May 2008 Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt


Rossini: La pietra del paragone

OA 0987 D 2xDVD9 NTSC 16/9 Anamorphic All regions LPCM Stereo, Digital DTS Surround FIRST RELEASE 189' 2007 Opus Arte / Teatro Real

Laura Brioli, La Baronessa Aspasia; Marie-Ange Todorovich, La Marchesa Clarice; Raúl Giménez, Il Cavalier Giocondo; Marco Vinco, Il Conte Asdrubale; Paolo Bordogna, Pacuvio; Pietro Spagnoli, Macrobio; Patrizia Biccirè, Donna Fulvia; Tomeu Bibiloni, Fabrizio; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid; Jordi Casas Bayer, chorus master; Alberto Zedda, musical director; Pier Luigi Pizzi, stage director, set and costume designer; Sergio Rossi, lighting

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): La pietra del paragone (Melodramma giocoso in two acts, 1812, libretto by Luigi Romanelli)


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