TEATRO REGIO TORINO/NOSEDA - CASELLA/LA DONNA SERPENTE (DVD)
Alfredo Casella was one of the ‘Generation of the eighties’ who sought to shake Italian music from its long-standing operatic heritage and the dominance of Puccini. La donna serpente was Casella’s only full-scale opera, its fantastic plot based on Carlo Gozzi’s renowned fairy tale that perpetually alternates between tragedy and comedy, expressed in neo-Classical music that skillfully portrays the sinister and ethereal world of the fairies as well as the intense emotions of the human realm. This production was acclaimed for Arturo Cirillo’s dreamlike setting and Gianandrea Noseda’s pin-point conducting: ‘What energy, what precision! … he delivers the complexity of this score with a disconcerting ease.’ (resmusica.com)
Alfredo Cassella’s opera La donna serpente is rarely performed and recorded, with only one other DVD release available. This was an earlier version of director Arturo Cirillo’s vision of this work and, recorded outdoors in a festival atmosphere, now looks more like a stop-gap in advance of this new, superbly recorded 2016 production conducted by Casella specialist Gianandrea Noseda, now very much to be regarded as the leading choice on DVD.
Gianandrea Noseda is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, equally recognized for his artistry in both the concert hall and opera house. He has conducted the most important orchestras and at leading opera houses and festivals. From 2007 to 2018, Noseda served as Music Director of Italy’s Teatro Regio Torino where he ushered in a transformative era for the company matched with international acclaim for its productions, tours, recordings, and film projects.
- Carmela Remigio (soprano)
- Erika Grimaldi (soprano)
- Francesca Sassu (soprano)
- Anna Maria Chiuri (mezzo-soprano)
- Piero Pretti (tenor)
- Francesco Marsiglia (tenor)
- Marco Filippo Romano (baritone)
- Roberto de Candia (baritone)
- Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo and DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
No. of disc/s: 1 (DVD 9)
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