Alfano: Cyrano De Bergerac
Label: OPERA D'ORO
William Johns, Olivia Stapp, Ezio di Cesare, RSO Turin, Arena
Alfano is finally coming into his own after decades of being remembered mainly as the composer who completed "Turandot" after Puccini's death. Long stereotyped as an inferior hack, Alfano is seen today as an exceptional composer in his own right. "Cyrano de Bergerac," based on the famous French play, is one of his most exquisitely crafted works and a real 'sleeper' on the opera circuit. Live performance, Turin, September 6, 1975.