Il Borgomastro Di Saardam
Gatell, Juan Francisco; Scircoli, Pasquale; Dubrovskaya, Irina; Donizetti Opera Choir; Ravasio, Alessandro; Bianco, Pietro Di; Brignoli, Roberto Rizzi; Wakizono, Aya; Concetti, Andrea; Donizetti Opera Orchestra; Caoduro, Giorgio
This opera, which had fallen into oblivion, was revived in 1973 in the Dutch city of Zaanstad (the Saardam of the libretto) and staged at Bergamo’s Teatro Sociale as part of the Donizetti Festival in a new critical edition made for the Donizetti Foundation by Alberto Sonzogni. In the plot, the Tsar Peter the Great works incognito as a carpenter at the shipyard of Sardaam to acquire technical knowledge to carry back home. On the podium, the knowledgeable Roberto Rizzi Brignoli leads the orchestra of the Donizetti Opera, assisted by the internationally renowned cinema director Davide Ferrario. In the cast, Andrea Concetti (a successful artist who has sung throughout the world) is joined by singers who are emerging in the belcanto repertoire, such as Giorgio Caoduro, Juan Francisco Gatell, Irina Dubrovskaya and Aya Wakizono.