Notes & Reviews:
One of the biggest successes of Donizetti's career, Linda di Chamounix was performed all over the operatic world in the decades following its 1842 Viennese premiere, before it fell into neglect. The live concert performances recorded by Opera Rara at Covent Garden in 2009 were its first there since 1887. The work is one of Donizetti's finest achievements, aimed at the musically sophisticated Viennese public and featuring some of his best arias, ensembles and choruses. Sir Mark Elder conducts the recent critical edition of this outstanding score. The three-disc set comes with a lavishly illustrated book including a complete libretto with an English translation, comprehensive article and synopsis by eminent 19thcentury musical scholar, Jeremy Commons.
“Dramatically conducted by Elder, the ROH casts the opera without a weak link. Eglise Gutierrez’s soprano shines most in her glittering high notes; Stephen Costello’s elegant, Italianate Carlo is youthful enough to retain sympathy; the contrasting serious and buffo bass parts of Linda’s father, Antonio, and the Marquis are superbly taken by Ludovic Tézier and Alessandro Corbelli...All in all, the strongest possible case for reviving this unjustly neglected piece." -The Sunday Times
"Mark Elder's conducting is punchy and delicate by turns, the chorus and orchestra responding to his vigilant control of dynamics...The best performance comes from Alessandro Corbelli, in a part that could have been written for him. Ludovic Tezier spins a beautiful proto-Verdian line as Linda's father, and Balint Szabo is his equal ...As a whole the performance does the composer proud." -Gramophone
What this recording of 2009 concert performances at Covent Garden underlines is that it contains some of the mature Donizetti's most refined and melancholic music...Mark Elder conducts a characteristically stylish performance. Eglise Gutiérrez has the musicality to impress in the title role, and Stephen Costello makes an attractive Carlo - a valuable addition to Opera Rara's Italian series.
BBC Music Magazine
[Elder] infuses the whole performance with conviction, right from the rather impressive overture...All the singers are up to their roles, and the playing of the orchestra is bold; even the most conventional passages sweep you along. This opera has been recorded before, but not to this standard. It's hard to imagine this set ever being replaced, or even rivalled.
International Record Review
Alessandro Corbelli, seasoned as he is, is in his element...As they are so good, it would be unfair to say that Gutierrez rises above her colleagues, except in range, but her singing deserves full praise...Stephen Costello produces a clear voice, without strain and well supported...The chorus, orchestra and conductor join the singers in making this a set to captivate bel canto enthusiasts.
Recording information: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (09/07/2009/09/14/2009).
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Linda di Chamounix
- Conductor: Mark Elder
- Ensemble: Royal Opera House Chorus
- Notes: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (09/07/2009/09/14/2009)
- Running Time: 27 min. 49 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1842