Notes & Reviews:
The third opera by the twenty-seven-year-old Sicilian Vincenzo Bellini, Il pirata marked an important step forward in his career. His first score written for La Scala, Milan, it also represented his first collaboration with Felice Romani, the leading librettist of the day - who would become his regular artistic partner. Il pirata was also the first of Bellini's works to reach an international audience. Its comparative neglect in our day is inexplicable. David Parry conducts this exceptional example of early romantic opera at its most dramatically potent. The 3CD set, a studio recording, comes with a lavishly illustrated book including a complete libretto and a comprehensive article and synopsis by Dr. Benjamin Walton.
David Parry keeps the dramatic temperature high, and even if the principals, Carmen Giannattasio (Imogene), JosT Bros (Gualtiero) and Ludovic TTzier (Ernesto), occasionally force when bel canto is required, they have the histrionic measure of their roles and mostly rise to the music's technical challenges.
An exceptional performance from Ludovic TTzier as Ernesto - wonderfully sung and characterised with immense subtlety...while Carmen Giannattasio's Imogene is unthreatened by the role's technical challenges, but not ideally alert to its dramatic complexity.
International Record Review
Bros exhibits the right vocal weight for a Rubini role...[His] agility is only fair, but he communicates with welcome vitality and exceedingly clear textual delivery...David Parry does much to animate this earthbound drama. The LPO, adding yet again to its extensive bel canto laurels, is on predictably excellent form...Musical preparation is impeccable.
Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Ludovic Tezier is superb, conveying tenderness as well as jealousy and fury. Carmen Giannattasio makes a wonderful Imogene: her cabaletta, 'Sventurata, anch'io deliro', suggests that she will triumph as Norma one day. Another success for Opera Rara.
MusicWeb International, June 2012
Giannattasio can stand alongside [the] great divas. She is more of the dramatic school of Callas
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/2010/04/2010).
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Works DetailsBellini, Vincenzo : Il Pirata, opera
- Conductor: David Parry
- Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Running Time: 85 min. 11 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1827