- Paolo Spissu (Soprano)
- Rachele Stanisci (Soprano)
- Aleksandar Stefanovski (Tenor)
- Giorgio Surian (Bass)
- Luca Dall'Amico (Bass)
- Giuseppe di Paola (Bass)
- Leonardo Gramegna (Tenor)
- Luca Grassi (Baritone)
- Ivan Magri (Tenor)
- Domenico Menini (Bass)
Notes & Reviews:
Donizetti's 50th opera, Marina Faliero, was performed in Paris on March 12, 1835 with a cast of the finest singers of the period. Though overshadowed by Bellini's I Puritani, Marino Faliero enjoyed a long and successful run of international performances throughout the 19th century before disappearing from the stage until its 1966 modern revival. Set in Venice in 1355, it remains a major work of Italian Romanticism, sentimental, martial, and full of conspiratorial adventure.
Since this work is performed rarely, it is useful to have a reliable video available between those infrequent productions of this otherwise strong score. The sound is full and reliable throughout, with the navigation keyed well to the individual numbers. Recorded at live performances, this recent release makes a strong production of Marino Faliero readily available. A wide audience can now hear and view Donizetti's fine score and, through it, can have a broader frame of reference for the composer's other works, including Lucia di Lammermoor, which followed soon after.
This performance from the Bergamo Festival was based in the town where the composer was born and died. It is set in period costume and in an evocative and imaginative set, when one can see it that is. Even allowing for the fact that much of the plotting goes on at night the stage scene is often under-lit. The presentation of both the DVD and CD issue has the long act 1 on the first disc with acts 2 and 3 on the second. Thankfully this issue is by Naxos so that on the DVD the Chapter divisions are generous and in number sequence, unlike those on the Dynamic Label from Italian Festivals. Artist profiles are another welcome virtue to go alongside an informed and informative introductory essay, and the full list of Chapter and Track divisions and timings.
Run Time: 152 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, Italian
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Marino Faliero
- Performers: Luca Dall'Amico (Bass); Giuseppe di Paola (Bass); Leonardo Gramegna (Tenor); Luca Grassi (Baritone); Ivan Magri (Tenor); Domenico Menini (Bass); Paolo Spissu (Soprano); Rachele Stanisci (Soprano); Aleksandar Stefanovski (Tenor); Giorgio Surian (Bass)
- Conductor: Bruno Cinquegrani
- Ensemble: Bergamo Musica Festival Chorus
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1835