GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792-1868): Eduardo e Cristina.
Catalogue Number: 08V033
Description: This 1819 opera seria was a huge success in its day, but as perhaps the last centone opera (one assembled from previously existing material) by a major composer, it became forgotten under the subsequent tide of Romantic idealism. Today we can put these prejudices aside and enjoy this masterful creation for what it is: a hugely entertaining parade of beautiful and spectacular musical ‘hits’ set to a familiar story of secret love, dramatic crisis and triumphant resolution. This 2017 Bad Wildbad revival was summed up as “an evening of pure bel canto pleasure!” by “Operagazet”. 2 CDs. Libretto available online. Kenneth Tarver (tenor), Silvia Dalla Benetta (soprano), Laura Polverelli (mezzo), Baurzhan Anderzhanov (bass), Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań, Virtuosi Brunensis; Gianluigi Gelmetti.