Format: COMPACT DISC
Frontali, Roberto; Stroppa, Annalisa; Frizza, Riccardo; Castrignano, Matteo; Albelo, Celso; Lim, Simon; Gentili, Stefano; Donizetti Opera Choir; Mejías, Anaïs; Mazzoleni, Piermarco Viñas; Remigio, Carmela; Kacani, Klodjan; Donizetti Opera Orchestra
Donizetti's three-act tragic opera Belisario was a resounding success in its day, driven by its composer’s superlative theatrical instinct and his skillful interweaving of intense tragic narrative and emotional pathos. Belisario is betrayed by his wife Antonina, who falsely accuses him of high treason. Belisario is blinded and exiled, with proof of his innocence coming too late, and is mortally wounded during a final military victory. This production was performed and recorded without an audience in Bergamo during the Covid-19 lockdown in November 2020 – a moving performance reflecting a spirit of defiance amidst ruin and darkness.