In questo caso l’incisione, raccolta in un doppio cd, la cui uscita è prevista per il prossimo 25 gennaio, riguarda la Fedora di Umberto Giordano, dove il maestro dirige l’ Orchestre Symphonique et Chœurs de la Monnaie e si avvale di un cast che presenta come interpreti principali il soprano Angela Gheorghiu (Principessa Fedora Romazov) ed il tenore Plácido Domingo (Conte Loris Ispanov) e comprende anche il soprano Nino Machaidze (Contessa Olga Sukarev) e il baritono Fabio Maria Capitanucci (De Siriex).
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New York, NY, January 18, 2011 – Alberto Veronesi conducts Umberto Giordano’s Fedora featuring Angela Gheorghiu in the title role of Princess Fedora Romazov, Plácido Domingo as Count Loris Ispanov, and the Orchestre symphonique et Chœurs de la Monnaie, on a new recording to be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, January 25 by Deutsche Grammophon.
In an early review of the recording, The Times (London) wrote: “Veronesi, with the orchestra and chorus of La Monnaie in Brussels, lavishes affection on Giordano’s score.”
The album also features soprano Nino Machaidze as Countess Olga Sukarev and baritone Fabio Maria Capitanucci as De Siriex.
Fedora is Mr. Veronesi’s sixth album in an ongoing collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon of recordings of lesser known works of the Italian verismo operatic repertoire.
Previously released albums in the series include the critically acclaimed complete recording of Puccini’s early opera Edgar with Plácido Domingo in the title role (2006); an album of original editions and alternative versions of famous Puccini arias, ensembles, and rare orchestral compositions with Mr. Domingo, soprano Violeta Urmana, and the Vienna Philharmonic titled Puccini Rediscovered (2009); a live performance of Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz starring Ms. Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna at Deutsche Oper Berlin (2009); La Nuit de mai, an album of Leoncavallo songs and arias performed by Mr. Domingo, pianist Lang Lang and the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2010); and the first-ever commercial recording of Leoncavallo’s I Medici with Mr. Domingo, baritone Carlos Álvarez, soprano Daniela Dessi and mezzo soprano Renata Lamanda with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (2010).
Mr. Veronesi has done extensive research on works from the late 19th to early 20th Century verismo operatic repertoire by composers such as Mascagni, Leoncavallo and Puccini, among others, and continues to program and record these composers’ lesser known works in an effort to give this underexposed repertoire a wider audience and establish new masterworks.
Giordano’s Fedora is an operatic adaptation of Victorien Sardou’s play by the same name, written for the celebrated fin de siècle actress Sarah Bernhardt.
When Giordano attended a performance of the play in Naples in 1889, he immediately requested permission to set the work to music and was denied by Sardou, only receiving consent after the widespread success of his opera Andrea Chénier in 1896.
An opera in three acts, Fedora recounts the story of Princess Fedora Romazov, a wealthy widow whose misguided attempt to avenge her adulterous fiancé’s murder ends in her own demise.
Italian conductor Alberto Veronesi is Music Director Designate of the Opera Orchestra of New York, Music Director of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, Artistic Director of the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Music Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. He will become Music Director of the Opera Orchestra of New York in 2011.
Mr. Veronesi was appointed Music Director of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago in 1999, where he has not only since conducted all of Puccini’s operas but was also actively involved in the construction of a new opera house.
In 2003, his production of La Bohème at the Festival won the Premio Abbiati Award from the Italian Music Critics Association. His performances at the Festival in 2009 included a new production of Manon Lescaut and a gala concert with soprano Angela Gheorghiu, and in July and August 2010 he conducted La fanciulla del West in honor of the opera’s 100th anniversary.
In 2001 Mr. Veronesi was named Artistic and Musical Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, where he is performing complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler and Shostakovich, as well as giving prominence to 20th-century Italian symphonic music and continuing to program contemporary works. He was also recently named Artistic Director of the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
As a guest conductor, Mr. Veronesi led the Orchestra Guido Cantelli and I Madrigalisti Ambrosiani in Salieri’s Falstaff at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier at the Tel Aviv Opera Theatre, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Athens and at the NHK in Tokyo. He has also conducted Leoncavallo’s I Medici at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Puccini’s Tosca at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Giordano’s Fedora at La Monnaie Bruxelles.
Fedora CD - DDD 000289477 8367 1 |G|H 2|
Umberto Giordano (1867 - 1948) 2 Compact Discs
Alberto Veronesi, conductor
Orchestre Symphonique et Chœurs de la Monnaie
Princess Fedora Romazov: Angela Gheorghiu
Count Loris Ipanov: Plácido Domingo
Countess Olga Sukarev: Nino Machaidze
De Siriex, a diplomat: Fabio Maria Capitanucci
Dimitri, a groom: Marina Comparato
Peasant boy: Pedro Leandro
Desirè, a valet: Nicola Pamio
Baron Rouvel: Enrico Casari
Cirillo, a coachman: Alex Esposito
Borov, a doctor: Federico Longhi
Grech, a police inspector: Giuseppe Scorsin
Lorek, a surgeon: Nabil Suliman
Nicola, a footman: Sang Jun Lee
Sergio, a footman: Bernard Villiers
Michele, a porter: Bernard Giovani
Boleslao Lazinski, pianist: Salvatore Percacciolo
Orchestre symphonique et Chœurs de la Monnaie
Chorus Master: Piers Maxim
Music Assistants: Federico Rossi, Salvatore Percacciolo