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Puccini: La Fanciulla del west / Orchestra and Chorus Citta Lirica [DVD]

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>Puccini, Giacomo : La fanciulla del West
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The 51st Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago opened with a new production of an opera that is perhaps the composer's most underestimated work: 'La Fanciulla del West' - often dismissed as a mere "western opera". The musical director was Alberto Veronesi, artistic director of the festival. Ivan Stefanutti was the stage director, with spectacular sets by American painter Nall and an all-star cast including Daniela Dessi and Fabio Armiliato (the singers are regarded as two of the leading interpreters of Italian soprano and tenor roles) and the baritone Lucio Gallo.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 138 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Letterbox, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish


La Fanciulla del West Daniela Dessi
This performance, recorded live in 2005 at the 51st Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, was directed by Alberto Veronesi, the festivalís artistic director. The sets, by American artist Gus Nall, are spectacular. The video and audio qualities of this recording are fine. The major roles are performed by singers of great experience and renown. My personal reaction to all the singers was favorable, except for a few quibbles about the soprano, Daniela Dessi. I thought that, at times, there was a little too much vibrato in her long, high notes and a slight ambivalence of pitch. However, in view of her extensive experience in a variety of major operas, it may be that I am unqualified to judge such a renowned opera singer. In short, this recording is sung by important opera singers and will be a suitable one for opera lovers. Of course, I have a great liking for Domingo and Freni etc., but other fine singers must be heard as well. Ted Wilks
Submitted on 03/08/10 by Ted Wilks 
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>Puccini, Giacomo : La fanciulla del West
  • Performers: Fabio Armiliato (Tenor); Fulvia Bertoli (Mezzo Soprano); Franco Boscolo (Bass); Steve Collalto (Tenor); Daniela Dessi (Soprano); Lucio Gallo (Baritone); Marzio Giossi (Baritone); Giovanni Guagliardo (Baritone); Massimo La Guardia (Tenor); Federico Longhi (Baritone); Claudio Ottino (Tenor); Nicola Pamio (Tenor); Andrea Patucelli (Bass); Giuseppe Riva (Bass); Veio Torcigliani (Bass); Massimiliano Valleggi (Baritone); Marco Voleri (Tenor); Orfeo Zanetti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alberto Veronesi
  • Ensemble: Chorus Citta Lirica
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1910