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Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia DVD (Rossini Opera Festival)

The biblical story of Belshazzar’s hubristic arrogance set against the valour of the young warrrior-leader Cyrus provided the 20-year-old Rossini with a dramatic story with West-Eastern resonances which still speak to us today. For the title role of Cyrus, Rossini wrote what would be his longest-ever contralto role, to which the great Rossini singer Ewa Podles is both naturally attracted and ideally suited. She is partnered by two young stars of Rossini singing, Jessica Prattand Michael Spyres, and a conductor-scholar, Will Crutchfield, of immense experience and sympathy. Stage director Davide Livermore sets the action in the 1920s, with period black-and-white film inserts.

Composer: Gioachino Rossini 
Ciro: Ewa Podles
Amira: Jessica Pratt
Baldassare: Michael Spyres
Zambri: Mirco Palazzi
Argene: Carmen Romeu
Arbace: Robert McPherson
Daniello: Raffaele Costantini

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Will Crutchfield
Director: Davide Livermore
Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro  

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital / DTS 5.1 Surround
Region: 0
Format: NTSC
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JAP/KO
Running Time: 165 mins
Recorded: 2012