Verdi: I Due Foscari

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Label: BRK
Catalog: BRK900328
Format: CD

Repušic, Ivan; Fodor, Bernadett; Sebestyén, Miklós; Oh, Moon Yung; Yu, Guanqun; Magrì, Ivan; Ettmayr, Matthias; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Nucci, Leo; Horváth, István; Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Ivan Repusic, who made his debut as Principal Conductor of the Munchner Rundfunkorchester in the autumn of 2017 with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Luisa Miller”, now presents a further and lesser-known masterpiece by the famous Italian opera composer. The concert performance of Verdi's early stage work “I due Foscari” was recorded on November 25, 2018 at the Munich Prinzregententheater. Outstanding performers provide an authentic atmosphere and vocal magnificence, and no less a person than the multiple-award-winning Italian baritone Leo Nucci was successfully engaged for the role of the Doge of Venice. This highlight of the Munich music scene from late last year is now available from BR-KLASSIK as a double album. Verdi's early masterpiece “I due Foscari” was the first of the operas he wrote for the Teatro Argentina in Rome. He had already worked on the material (Lord Byron's drama “The Two Foscari”), and, after a first subject had been rejected by the Roman censors, Verdi returned to it and had the libretto written by Francesco Maria Piave. Although the opera’s premiere on November 3, 1844 was only moderately successful and Verdi would even distance himself from it later on, the work was still frequently performed up to the 1870s. It was rediscovered during the early 1950s and has since become a fixed part of the international opera repertoire. The concert performance (sung in the Italian original) in Munich's Prinzregententheater received great acclaim from audience and critics alike, again justifying the Munchner Rundfunkorchester’s strategy of successfully reviving underrated music-theatrical works by means of standard-setting performances. Ivan Repusic conducts a genuine theatrical Verdi here: vital, robust, fiery and extremely lively.

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