- Mirco Palazzi (Bass)
- Sonia Ganassi (Mezzo Soprano)
- Pervin Chakar (Soprano)
- Fiorenza Cedolins (Soprano)
- Marco Caria (Baritone)
- José Bros (Tenor)
Notes & Reviews:
This recording was made at Venice's beautiful Teatro La Fenice. With his sharp and lively conducting, Fabrizio Maria Carminati puts the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice entirely at the service of three exceptional singers, Sonia Ganassi ("an extraordinary performance," Opera Today) as Elisabetta, Fiorenza Cedolins ("colorful, nuanced, highly dramatic heroine," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) as Maria Stuarda, and José Bros as a passionate Leicester. Maria Stuarda is the most popular work in Donizetti's trilogy of bel canto operas on Tudor queens.
"Maestro Carminati looks an amiable, gentle soul as he enters the pit but he unleashes a firestorm of tension and passion in the big duets and his judicious tempi bind Donizetti's not-so-easy recitatives into flowing music-drama. Ganassi is in superb fettle throughout, encompassing both power and agility...An outstanding release, and a great relief to be removed from the static period costume displays normally inflicted on this drama." - Gramophone (DVD of the Month - May 2011)
"Carminati leads La Fenice's orchestra in a powerful reading yet with a supportive flow of sound in more reflective passages. All the acrimony, antagonism and enmity can be felt...Ganassi makes a strong figure, strongly sung, her voice full toned as she encompasses the scalework of her opening aria...[Cedolins] brings a dramatic intensity to her performance." -International Record Review
Run Time: 140 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian
However, the dialog and drama between the two, as well as the interplay between Roberto and Giorgio, make for a fine dramatic feast. Ms. Cedolins shows a range of emotion ranging from incense to vulnerability to pride in sense of self. As Lord Guglielmo Cecil, Marco Caria does a fine job as the manipulator of the interaction between Elizabeth and Leicester, who loves Maria and does his level best to convince Elizabeth to meet with Maria in the hope that she can be convinced to free her.
While it can be argued that Maria Stuarda is the weakest of Donizetti’s trilogy of bel canto operas on Tudor queens, the palpable jealousy and hatred between Ganassi’s Elizabeth and Cedolins’ Maria makes for a wonderful operatic feast. This production proved itself to be a worthy addition to this opera lovers Donizetti collection.
Submitted on 10/10/11 by KlingonOpera
Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Maria Stuarda
- Performers: Mirco Palazzi (Bass); Sonia Ganassi (Mezzo Soprano); Pervin Chakar (Soprano); Fiorenza Cedolins (Soprano); Marco Caria (Baritone); José Bros (Tenor)
- Conductor: Fabrizio Carminati
- Ensemble: Teatro La Fenice Chorus
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1834