DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Bergamo Musica Festival, 2006)

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Roberto Devereux
Libretto/Text Author: Cammarano, Salvatore
Conductor: Rota, Marcello

Lord Cecil: Albani, Luigi
Robert Devereux: Pisapia, Massimiliano
Sir Walter Raleigh: Valerio, Giorgio
The Duke of Nottingham: Schroeder, Andrew

Set/Stage Designer: Walker, David
Costume Designer: Walker, David
Stage Director: Bellotto, Francesco
Television Director: Ricchetti, Matteo

Date of Production: 09-2006
Festival: Bergamo Music Festival
Venue: Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo
Playing Time: 02:14:00
Catalogue Number: 2.110232
UPC: 0747313523252

Synopsis

One of Donizetti's most emotionally raw operas, Roberto Devereux ossia Il conte di Essex was also the third to be loosely based on episodes in the life of Queen Elizabeth I. It deals with the love of Elizabeth and her favourite, the Earl of Essex, perhaps most tellingly expressed in the Act I duet, Nascondi, frena i palpiti, o misero mio core (Hide, hold back your palpitation, oh my wretched heart!). Elizabeth's subsequent abdication is, however, a matter of dramatic licence, yet provides a memorable operatic conclusion to this tragedy of love and jealousy as she despairs at the death of her lover – Quel sangue versato al ciel s'innalza (The blood that is spilt rises up to Heaven). Directed by Francesco Bellotto, this was the inaugural production of the Bergamo Music Festival 2006, featuring the Greek soprano and leading Donizetti specialist, Dimitra Theodossiou, and the young American baritone Andrew Schroeder, both in superb voice.
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