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Donizetti's fiftieth opera, Marino Faliero, was first performed in Paris on 12 March 1835 with a cast comprising four of the finest singers of the period before premiering in London a few weeks later. Although these premières were both overshadowed by Bellini's I Puritani, Marino Faliero subsequently enjoyed a long and successful run of international performances throughout the 19th century before disappearing from the stage until its modern revival in 1966. Set in Venice in 1355, it remains a major work of Italian Romanticism, sentimental, martial, full of conspiratorial adventure and culminating with the execution of the leading role.
This performance from the Bergamo Festival was based in the town where the composer was born and died. It is set in period costume and in an evocative and imaginative set, when one can see it that is. Even allowing for the fact that much of the plotting goes on at night the stage scene is often under-lit. The presentation of both the DVD and CD issue has the long act 1 on the first disc with acts 2 and 3 on the second. Thankfully this issue is by Naxos so that on the DVD the Chapter divisions are generous and in number sequence, unlike those on the Dynamic Label from Italian Festivals. Artist profiles are another welcome virtue to go alongside an informed and informative introductory essay, and the full list of Chapter and Track divisions and timings.
Recording information: Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, Italy (10/31/2008/11/02/2008).
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Marino Faliero
- Conductor: Bruno Cinquegrani
- Ensemble: Bergamo Musica Festival Chorus
- Notes: Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, Italy (10/31/2008/11/02/2008)
- Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1835