Maometto secondo (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | Video November 2005
It was customary for Rossini to modify his scores and develop second and third versions for theatres that wanted to stage his operas. The Maometto II here recorded corresponds only in part ... See full summary »

Director:

Tiziano Mancini

Writer:

Gaetano Rossi (libretto)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lorenzo Regazzo Lorenzo Regazzo ... Maometto secondo
Federico Lepre Federico Lepre ... Selimo
Maxim Mironov Maxim Mironov ... Paolo Erisso
Carmen Giannattasio Carmen Giannattasio ... Anna
Anna Rita Gemmabella Anna Rita Gemmabella ... Calbo
Nicola Marchesini Nicola Marchesini ... Condulmiero
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudio Scimone Claudio Scimone ... Himself - Direttore
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It was customary for Rossini to modify his scores and develop second and third versions for theatres that wanted to stage his operas. The Maometto II here recorded corresponds only in part to the original score (Naples, 1820), which is the version generally performed nowadays; it is, instead, the revision made for Venice's Teatro La Fenice staged on 26th December 1822 as opening title of the 1823 Carnival season, the same season which, on February 3rd, would also see the debut of Semiramide. For Venice Rossini tried to soften the monolithic character of his Neapolitan score, introducing an opening symphony, making changes - some of them quite substantial - to the score and, especially, giving the plot a happy ending. The title role is sung by the young Italian bass Lorenzo Regazzo, internationally renowned; Claudio Scimone, on the podium, is responsible for the revision of the score.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 2005 (Italy) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dynamic S.r.l. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Worth looking out for, but I couldn't help feeling a little underwhelmed...
9 April 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Maometto Secondo is an underrated Rossini, and it is an excellent one, moving dramatically and gripping from the start to finish in music. This 2005 production is definitely worth looking out for, but there are a couple of aspects that underwhelmed me. That said, the great things about the production are a great many, starting with the stylish and powerful orchestral playing and Scimione's confident musical direction. The chorus are well balanced vocally. Visually it is a simple production, and overall I did like the sets and costuming. The camera work, picture quality and sound are fine. There are two truly outstanding performances, with the best being the vocally sonorous, dramatically compelling Maometto of Lorenzo Regazzo, and Anna Rita Gemmabella is excellent also as Calbo especially in Non Temer. As I've said though, there are problems, starting with the lighting, which is much too dark and mournful, and the staging, apart from Maometto(and even his entrance is the anti-thesis of what it should be) it lacks tension and direction with even the chorus lethargic. There are also two performances that disappointed me, Carmen Giannattasio as Anna whose acting consists of frowns and little else and she takes time to warm up vocally, and especially Maxim Mironov as the most dominant character of the opera besides Maometto, who meets the vocal demands but dramatically he is very robotic. In conclusion, decent but also with pangs of disappointment. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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