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Roberto Devereux (Blu-ray)

Item# 3760115304307

Roberto Devereux (Blu-ray)
Artists: Silvia Tro Santafe, Mariella Devia, Gregory Kunde
Conductor: Bruno Campanella
Directors: Stephane Lebard
Format: Classical, NTSC
Language: German, English, French, Italian
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2016
Run Time: 137 minutes

In the last and most dramatic aria in Roberto Devereux, one of the four Tudor period operas composed by Donizetti in 1837 (along with Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Il Castello di Kenilworth,) the protagonist, Queen Elizabeth I of England, exclaims: I do not reign, I do not live. This statement encapsulates great operatic themes, and it is the culmination of an opera that reveals the passions of characters who live among palace intrigues. Written in the mature period of the leader of Italian romanticism, the opera displays a great vocal virtuosity, and is an example of Donizetti prizing the voice above all in the genre. The staging, by South African director Alessandro Talevi, who has been very successful in great opera houses as well as with more experimental theatre, places the play in an undetermined period, focusing on the chiaroscuro. Bruno Campanella conducts the production with Mariella Devia in the lead. This was a most promising start to the season, a first-class rendition of a neglected work and a joyful confirmation of Mariella Devias well-deserved place in bel canto history. (

Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux

First performed two years after Maria Stuarda and Lucia di Lammermoor, Roberto Devereux (1837) shows Donizetti at the height of his musical and dramatic powers. The opera’s story was inspired by a historical incident—the execution for treason of Robert Devereux, the favorite of Queen Elizabeth I—but, as in many works of the time, history is used merely as a springboard from which the operatic imagination can soar. Roberto Devereux mirrors the successful structure of the earlier Lucia di Lammermoor: a first act that lays out the issues at stake and introduces the musical language; a second act fashioned as a single dramatic arc; and three intense shorter scenes for the final act.

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