- Dimitra Theodossiou (Soprano)
- Paolo Pecchioli (Bass)
- Alessandro Liberatore (Tenor)
- Sebastian Catana (Baritone)
- William Corrņ (Voice)
Notes & Reviews:
First performed at the Teatro Regio, Turin, on 5 March 1876, Lauro Rossi's penultimate opera Cleopatra caught the public's attention in the wake of Verdi's Aïda (1871). Like that better-known work, it contains some wonderful arias and set pieces, including a marvelous Act 1 banquet scene, Cleopatra's Act 2 aria, the thrilling ensemble that closes Act 3, and the confrontation between Cleopatra and Octavian in Act 4, all making for compelling viewing and listening. From the brooding opening scene in which Diomedes foretells the fall of Egypt to Cleopatra's death scene, this gripping grand opera by one of Italy's forgotten masters springs vividly to life in this revival filmed at the 2008 Macerata Sferisterio Festival.
Not a composer we hear much about today. Even if in this opera he was overshadowed by Verdi's Aida, Pier Luigi Pizzi's set, alongside a reasonably sung and acted performance, gives a rare chance to see and hear what has been long neglected.
Run Time: 115 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Italian, English
Submitted on 12/25/10 by Dan Coombs
Works DetailsRossi, Lauro : Cleopatra
- Performers: Dimitra Theodossiou (Soprano); Paolo Pecchioli (Bass); Alessandro Liberatore (Tenor); William Corrò (Voice); Sebastian Catana (Baritone)
- Conductor: David Crescenzi
- Ensemble: Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1876