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Donizetti: Roberto Devereux / Marcello Rota/Bergamo Music Festival Orch., Theodossiou, Schroeder [DVD]

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

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One of Donizetti's most emotionally raw operas, 'Roberto Devereux' was also the third to be loosely based on episodes in the life of Queen Elizabeth I. It deals with the love of Elizabeth and her favourite, the Earl of Essex, perhaps most tellingly expressed in the Act I duet, 'Nascondi, frena i palpiti, o misero mio core!' (Hide, hold back your palpitation, oh my wretched heart!) Elizabeth's subsequent abdication is, however, a matter of dramatic licence, yet provides a memorable operatic conclusion to this tragedy of love and jealousy as she despairs at the death of her lover. Directed by Francesco Bellotto, this was the inaugural production of the Bergamo Music Festival 2006, featuring the Greek soprano and leading Donizetti specialist, Dimitra Theodossiou, and the young American baritone Andrew Schroeder, both in superb voice.

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Picture Format: NTSC


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Works Details

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux
  • Performers: Luigi Albani (Tenor); Federica Bragaglia (Soprano); Massimiliano Pisapia (Tenor); Andrew Schroeder (Baritone); Dimitra Theodossiou (Soprano); Giorgio Valerio (Bass)
  • Conductor: Marcello Rota
  • Ensemble: Bergamo Music Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 134 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837
  • Studio/Live: Live