Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bellini - Adelson e Salvini - Licata, Orchestra e Coro Teatro Bellini







Adelson e Salvini was Bellini’s first opera, written while he was a student at the Conservatory in Naples. It was a custom at the Naples Conservatory to introduce a pupil who had completed his studies to the public with the performance of a large dramatic work. The opera, in its original three-act version, premiered in early 1825 by pupils at the Conservatory, was such a great success that it was performed every Sunday for the rest of the year. In the following year, for a proposed performance at the Teatro del Fondo in Naples, Bellini revised the score, cutting it to two acts and replacing the spoken text with secco Vincenzo Bellinirecitatives.  This performance did not take place, and these performances recorded by Nuova Era represent the first staging of the revised version of the opera.

Although there is little of what we recognize as the mature Bellini style in this first effort, it is nevertheless a very accomplished work for a student just completing his studies. The work shows the influence of Rossini, especially in the music written for the comic servant Bonifacio, who makes his entrance with a Rossini patter aria. But there are hints of the Bellini to come, and the work is worth hearing. Admirers of Bellini who missed this the first time around should not hesitate to acquire it now.

Performer:  Eleonora Jankovic,  Bradley Williams,  Fabio Previati,  Alicia Nafé,  Aurio Tomicich, Lucia Rizzi,  Giancarlo Tosi,  Roberto Coviello
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Chorus,  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra


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