Rossini: Eduardo E Cristina
Label: Naxos Opera
Dalla Benetta, Silvia; Poznan Camerata Bach Choir; Anderzhanov, Baurzhan; Tarver, Kenneth; Gelmetti, Gianluigi; Xu, Xiang; Virtuosi Brunensis; Polverelli, Laura
Rossini’s Eduardo e Cristina 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.