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Sigismondo [Blu-ray]

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Early Rossini has a youthful, buoyant vibrancy about it, even in the dark swirls of drammi per musica like Sigismondo. The work, centered on a mad king and his delusions, was rarely played after its premiere in 1814. This performance marked the first from the critical new edition at the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and was hailed as a "perfect symbiosis of music and stage work" resulting in "truly brilliant theatre." Complete with a cast of sought-after Rossini singers, this is not to be missed.

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  • Actors: Daniela Barcellona, Olga Peretyatko, Andrea Concetti, Antonino Siragusa, Michele Mariotti
  • Directors: Damiano Michieletto, Tiziano Mancini
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Foppa
  • Producers: Rossini Opera Festival
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008P76W5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine on September 5, 2012
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Updating an opera and setting it in an asylum isn't a terribly original idea and it does usually have a sense of desperation about it, but there is of course a tradition of mad scenes in bel canto opera, so it's not necessarily inappropriate. All the more so since Rossini's rarely heard 1814 opera Sigismondo actually opens with a mad scene of sorts rather than builds up to one, where Sigismondo, the king of Poland, is still tormented by the loss of his wife Aldimira, who he had executed 15 years ago on account of accusations of infidelity that had been laid against her. Sigismondo belongs in this respect to another traditional opera theme then, that of innocent women unjustly accused of infidelity or having their maidenly honour called into question by a jealous admirer who has had his advances rejected. Starting the way it does however, already wading in the depths of madness, Rossini's Sigismondo would seem to have other ambitions towards a psychological drama more closely aligned to Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello - worked into an opera of course not just by Verdi but by Rossini himself soon after Sigismondo - and to the medieval legend of the saint Genoveva, the subject of Schumann's only opera.

As presented at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 2010, there's certainly a belief here that Sigismondo is worthy of more serious consideration and treatment. I'm not sure that the music or Giuseppe Foppa's libretto are always strong enough to bear that kind of psychological probing, but the opera is certainly more experimental in its arrangements than some of Rossini's earlier work and it does indeed build up to a forceful expression of the situation in an impressive series of arias, duets and ensembles in the distinctly Mozartian Second Act.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Askenase on February 17, 2013
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Another very rare Rossini opera getting a full staging and excellent filming by the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, is certainly worth having and exploring. Here the work is "Sigismondo", written and first performed in 1814, and just about never revived as a complete work again. BUT, as was often the case, much of the music was recycled into later operas.

First, the opera itself. The libretto is a very unsatisfying story wherein, 15 years prior to the opening of the opera, Prince Sigismondo, believing the false tale of his minister Ladislao that his wife Aldimira was unfaithful, sentenced her to death, and believed that she had, in fact, been executed. But, this being opera, she was rescued and cared for by her Uncle Zenovito, disguising her as Eldira. Over the past 15 years, Sigismondo has lamented her faithlessness and his execution of his wife, and has slipped into madness. Now, Aldimira, with the help of her Uncle, returns and recaptures the heart and love of Sigismondo, for the happy ending.

The story is ludicrous and unconvincing, which is why it has lain dormant for almost 200 years, rarely performed at all. But, the music is an excellent set of arias, duets, and ensemble/chorus pieces that are uniformly excellent and flow MUCH better than the story. So enjoy the music, and don't pay too much attention to the plot.

The singers are all very good to excellent. But I must single out the lovely Olga Peretyatko as Aldimira for her gorgeous coloratura and emotional singing. She really hits the notes, and the acting just great. (One note- my wife and I both felt that in her looks AND her mannerisms, she reminded us of the young Anna Netrebko- another Russian singer of great acclaim.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Vernon Wilkinson on April 22, 2013
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What an outstanding production and singing in this exciting and rarely performed work. The production is dramatic, and yet emphasizes the plot and the terrific singing and acting.
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