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Giordano: Fedora / Freni, Domingo, Corbelli, Gavazzeni [DVD]

Album Summary

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arthaus presents 'Fedora', an opera by Umberto Giordano, an influential composer of Italian verismo style. The staging was celebrated for its fantastic cast with Mirella Freni in the title role and Placido Domingo as her opponent turned lover. Who could be better suited to meeting to these challenges, than Mirella Freni, who shows her amazing ability as a mature singer, taking vocal control of every situation and Placido Domingo, who, his perfect condition never faltering, takes advantage of all the opportunities presented by the role. Gianandrea Gavazzeni (1909-1996), whose familiarity with the verismo style was second to none, led the performance with solicitous authority upholding the tradition that he had received from the hands of his predecessors. This production created by Lamberto Puggelli for Mirella Freni at La Scala in 1993 became an enormous success, showing her as an operatic tragedienne with truly overwhelming vocal resources.

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This production started something of a revival of interest in Giordano's second best known score. The principals' and the conductor's obvious empathy and affection serve to demonstrate that there is much more to it than the ubiquitous Amor ti vieta and create a genuinely theatrical occasion that, nearly twenty years later, is well worth revisiting.

It is fashionable in some circles to write off Gianandrea Gavazzeni as one of "those Italians," meaning a group of Italian operatic conductors often in demand from the 1950s until their respective deaths. This conflates the great, the good, and the hacks. Gavazzeni was definitely among the great ones. I've heard him on dozens of RAI tapes, and whenever he was at the helm, there was always an energy, a guiding sense of purpose, and a sympathetic presence willing to work with singers, at the podium. So it proves in this Fedora.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 113 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
  • Performers: Aldo Bottion (Tenor); Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Mirella Freni (Soprano); Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor); Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass); Silvia Mazzoni (Contralto); Ernesto Panariello (Baritone); Luigi Roni (Baritone); Silvestro Sammaritano (Baritone); Adelina Scarabelli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Ensemble: Teatro alla Scala Chorus
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898