Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Mei, Corbelli

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Label: ARTHAUS
Catalog: 107251
Format: DVD

Alessandro Corbelli (Don Pasquale), Antonino Siragusa (Ernesto), Eva Mei (Norina), Roberto de Candia (Dottor Malatesta) & Giorgio Gatti (Un notaro) Staged by the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Gérard Korsten (conductor) & Stefano Vizioli (stage director)

Live recording from the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2002

Whoever does not yet know Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale will learn to love it with this elegant and stylish production by Stefano Vizioli. Lovers of this opera will be enthralled by Eva Mei’s high, clear voice as well as Alessandro Corbelli’s and her touching performances. Gérard Korsten conducts the orchestra of the Teatro Lirico and proves that Donizetti’s spritely music gives room for fascinating interpretations. The opera tells the story of an elderly dandy, who is thoroughly cured from his desire to get married and thus hands over his young lady to her actual lover – a tale as old as comedy itself. Donizetti however, being the master of cryptic comedy, extends this traditional “buffa” subject matter to a character comedy. His characters are not merely archetypes; they develop their individual profile throughout the differentiated and diversified plot. This work shines with musical wit, expressed in numerous coloraturas, cavatinas and duets. Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 Picture Format: 16:9 DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JAP, CN Running Time: 121 mins (Opera), 31 mins (Bonus) FSK: 0 Region Code: 0 Worldwide available

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