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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia - Charles Rice & chorus - The Grange Festival (Photo Simon Annand) Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia; John Irvin, Jose Maria Lo Monaco, Charles Rice, Riccardo Novaro, dir: Stephen Barlow, cond: David Parry; The Grange Festival Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 17 June 2018 Star rating: 4.0 (★★★★) A busily engaging and highly theatrical account of Rossini's comedy Jose Maria Lo MonacoThe Grange Festival (Photo Simon Annand) On a rather grim, cold evening The Grange Festival's lively new production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia certainly brought a welcome feeling of brightness and warmth. Directed by Stephen Barlow, designed by Andrew D Edwards with lighting by Howard Hudson, cast featured the American tenor John Irvin as Count Almaviva, the Italian mezzo-soprano Jose Maria Lo Monaco as Rosina, the Anglo-French baritone Charles Rice as Figaro and the Italian baritone Riccardo […]
[…] Prima carries off so conviningly that it feels both real and unreal at the same time, in the best sense. He's still a leader and a man of action, though he loses control for a while when he's under a spell. Medoro and Ruggerio were originally cast for castratos, but now taken by countertenors, here Raffaele Pe and Carlo Vistoli. Bradamante, the woman disguised as a soldier, is Loriana Castellano and Astolfo is Riccardo Novaro, a bass. Alcina (Lucia Cirillo) is a contralto/mezzo part, signifying Alcina's decidedly feminine sexuality while also hinting at the demonic side of her personality. Modern audiences have different expectations, but in baroque times higher voice types signified good guys, whatever their actual gender, while bassvoices signified darker portent. Vivaldi gives all the singers extended sections in which to display their virtuosity, and also imprint their individuality on the listener. They're all gorgeous in their […]
Prina, Invernizzi, Hammarström, Novaro, Cirillo, Auser Musici/Ipata (Glossa) (2 CDs)A lost Handel opera? Not quite: during his London years, Handel quite often arranged the music of other composers and compiled them into pasticcio operas. In this case, arias from Leonardo Leo’s Catone are woven with Vivaldi, Porpora and Hasse numbers and short bursts of recitative to create a lively two-act drama. What this shows vividly is how baroque opera really worked: the choices are determined by the star singers, and the adaptations are to suit their talents. Here, Sonia Prina seems to struggle with the arias written for the celebrated castrato Senesino, but Riccardo Novaro is an impressive bass as Cesare, and the drama moves at a cracking pace under Carlo Ipata. Continue reading...
[…] suave string and woodwind playing. Rossini's fondness for hurtling fugues and unaccompanied polyphony means the chorus don't have a particularly easy time of it, though the combination of excitement and detail in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir's singing was thrillingly accomplished.There was a classy lineup of soloists. Silvery-voiced soprano Marina Bucciarelli sounded relaxed and almost jazzy in the O Salutaris Hostia. The swaggering tenor and baritone arias were nicely done by Daniele Zanfardino and Riccardo Novaro. Pride of place, though, belonged to mezzo Anna Bonitatibus, whose velvet tone and breathtakingly beautiful phrasing made the Agnus Dei the high point of the evening: a great artist, whose UK appearances, sadly, are all too rare.• What have you been to see lately? Tell us about it on Twitter using #GdnGig Rating: 4/5Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraClassical musicTim Ashleyguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | […]