Notes & Reviews:
"Our times are full of strange things." With these words the beautiful Carlotta Nardi begins her seduction of the hunchback Alviano Salvago in the second act of Franz Schreker's 1915 opera, Die Gezeichneten (The Stigmatized). It is a scene of tender intimacies and unsettling revelations, of veiled allusions and naked truths - and all couched in music of a supple lyric beauty that has few equals in operatic literature. This complete performance is from the Los Angeles Opera's 2010 production of Schreker's haunting masterpiece, starring an international cast of singers, conducted by Los Angeles Opera Artistic Director, James Conlon. With complete libretto in German and English, and annotation by Christopher Hailey.
American Record Guide, May/June 2014
All these qualities come into play in Die Gezeichneten (The Stigmatized or Branded), an opera filled with conversations, quick exchanges, beautiful duets and soliloquies, and evocative orchestral passages. The prelude contains many of the most beautiful themes.
Recording information: Los Angeles Opera (04/2010).
Schreker's shimmering, richly orchestrated score is indeed beautiful, while simultaneously conveying a sense of unease and overripe decadence. This live recording of "Die Gezeichneten" by the LA Opera captures the spirit of Schrecker's troubling work and delivers its emotional content in full.
Maestro James Conlon has a clear affinity with this music, and it shows. Schreker scored the work for an expanded orchestra. The LA Opera had to reduce the size of the ensemble to fit in the venue, but no matter. Under Conlon's direction, the music sounds rich and full. If anything, the paring down of the orchestra adds a limpid translucence to the score.
Robert Brubaker performs well as Salviago, also his upper register is a little thin at times. Anja Kampe, as Carlotta, sings with a soft, rounded tone that sounds especially beautiful in the lower register. Their voices have a wonderful blend, making the duets between Salviago and Carlotta the high points of the recording (at least for me).
This three-CD set includes a booklet with the complete libretto in German, Italian, French, and English. Bridge's release captures the excitement and energy of the live performance with pristine sound (and virtually no distracting audience noise). Recommended.
Submitted on 01/17/14 by RGraves321
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Works DetailsSchreker, Franz : Die Gezeichneten, opera in 3 acts
- Conductor: James Conlon
- Ensemble: Los Angeles Opera
- Notes: Composition written: 1911.
- Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1911