Notes & Reviews:
Rossini wrote Semiramide in the winter of 1822/23 for La Fenice of Venice. The libretto is based on Voltaire's drama Sémiramis, written by the French philosopher and scholar in 1748. In some respects a conclusive opera, Semiramide contains traditional elements alongside innovative ones. Semiramide summarizes and completes Rossini's serious arc and is paradigmatic of all that would follow.
International Record Review, July/August 2013
While Hallenberg's coloratura proves consistently superb, the plum-luscious contralto tone is generally too soft-grained...The singer's unfailing musicality and sincerity offer much pleasure, however...Zedda's speeds are well judged (even if ensemble is occasionally a trifle shaky).
MusicWeb International, 24th July 2013
The greatest star of the recording is Alberto Zedda himself...[Papatanasiu's] command of the role is exceptional, showing compelling technique, arresting stage presence and glowingly beautiful voice...Every bit as good is the exceptional Arsace of Ann Hallenberg. Perhaps even more than Papatanasiu, she has the full measure of the bel canto style and technique required to succeed in this sort of repertoire.
American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Semiramide was Rossini's last Italian opera seria and I've always regarded it as his best. It makes extravagant demands on the performers. The performance is also available as a video, and seeing it might make it more interesting.
Recording information: Vlaamse Opera, Ghent (01/11/2011).
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Works DetailsRossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
- Conductor: Alberto Zedda
- Ensemble: Vlaamse Opera Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1823.
- Running Time: 144 min. 39 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1823