Cyrano de Bergerac (DVD) - Domingo, Radvanovsky

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Cyrano de Bergerac (DVD) - Domingo, Radvanovsky
Composer: Franco Alfano
Conductor: Patrick Fournillier
Artists:
Plàcido Domingo
Sondra Radvanovsky
Arturo Chacon-Cruz
Orchestra: Valencian Community Orchestra
Chorus: Valencia Regional Government Choir
Regions: All Regions
Run Time: 141 minutes

While best known today for having composed the ending to Puccini's unfinished Turandot, Franco Alfano wrote some dozen operas, including Cyrano de Bergerac (1936) with a libretto by Henri Cain based on Edmond Rostand's drama of the same name.

It is a moving tale of romantic misunderstanding, swashbuckling bravado and heartbreaking loyalty, in which the eloquent Cyrano feels unable to express his love for Roxane because of his famously protuberant nose except on behalf of his handsome but inarticulate friend, Christian.

When Domingo and Radvanovsky sang Cyrano and Roxane at New York's Metropolitan Opera, Andante magazine wrote: 'Incredibly, Cyrano is his 121st role. And it suits him splendidly ... Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky was luminous as Roxane, her passionate outbursts showing off her powerful upper register to good effect'.

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