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Rossini

Magazine article Gramophone

Rossini

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Rossini [DVD] [BL]  L'italiana in Algeri Alex Esposito bar                   Mustafa Mariangela Sicilia sop               Elvira Raffaella Lupinacci mez               Zulma Davide Luciano bar                     Haly Yijie Shi ten                       Lindoro Anna Goryachova mez                Isabella Mario Cassi bar                      Taddeo Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna / Jose Ramon Encinar 

Stage director Davide Livermore Video director Tiziano Mancini Opus Arte [F] [DVD] OA1141D; [F] [BL] OABD7148D (153' + 10' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080p * DTS-HD MA5.0, DTS5.1 & LPCM stereo * 0 * S/s)

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2013. Extra features: Cast Gallery; The making of L'italiana in Algeri

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For its 2013 bicentenary production of L'italiana in Algeri, Pesaro's Rossini Opera Festival assembled a cast and conductor whose realisation of the piece would grace any CD library. One would have looked in vain 30 years ago for a coloratura bass as vocally adept and as theatrically gifted as Alex Esposito. Anna Goryachova is a superlative Isabella, Mario Cassi a suitably downtrodden Taddeo. Only Yijie Shi's rather tight-voiced Lindoro might be said to compare unfavourably with some of the sweeter-voiced tenori di grazia of yesteryear. …

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