- Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
- Robert Gleadow (Bass Baritone)
- Tiziano Bracci (Bass Baritone)
- Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
- Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Notes & Reviews:
'I Capuleti e I Montecchi' is one of the loveliest and most moving of bel canto operas, though not among the more frequently performed. When Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca sang Giulietta and Romeo in Vienna last year at the performances documented in this recording, critics were enthusiastic. Bellini wrote that "opera, through singing, must make one weep, shudder, die." The final scene of 'I Capuleti' - a continuous alternation of chorus, recitative, flexible arioso and ensemble - was the most powerful argument he had created to date for that view. Bringing true youth to an archetypal tale of youthful passion, Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca as Shakespeare's "starcrossed lovers," blow the dust off this Bellini classic with pure love, drama, and passion.
The performance is dominated by Elina Garanca's Romeo; she easily suggests both the swaggering duellist and the lovelorn youth. There are times when her rich, velvety tones sound almost like a soprano, and in the duets with Anna Netrebko's Juliet, the two voices seem naturally to complement each other. The tenor who sings Tebaldo needs to be of equal strength to balance the drama, and Joseph Calleja rises to the challenge... The duet in Act 2, when Tebaldo and Romeo are about to fight but then learn of Juliet's death, find Garanca and Calleja striking sparks off each other; despite the beauty of the final tomb-scene duet, I found this confrontation the highlight of the proceedings.
Giulietta suits Netrebko's plangent manner and less than dazzling coloratura technique better than the more florid Bellini and Donizetti roles, and she is more feminine and touching than the icily brilliant Edita Gruberova or the brittle, virtuosic Beverly Sills. Garanca's warm, lustrous mezzo makes her ideal casting for Romeo, and the same goes for the supporting roles...A big success.
BBC Music Magazine
Garanca is the best reason for cherishing this fine recording. There isn't a lyric mezzo-soprano who can currently hold a candle to the Latvian in this repertoire.
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Works DetailsBellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
- Performers: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano); Robert Gleadow (Bass Baritone); Tiziano Bracci (Bass Baritone); Joseph Calleja (Tenor); Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
- Conductor: Fabio Luisi
- Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 67 min. 5 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1830
- Studio/Live: Live