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Rossini Festival Collection Blu-ray Set

Each year the Rossini Opera Festival celebrates the musical genius of Pesaro’s beloved native son, hosting a summer of singing in the composer’s home town on the Adriatic coast. The five stunning productions in this set span Festival editions from 2009 to 2013 and showcase the full extent of Rossini’s dramatic range. Graham Vick’s production of Mosè in Egitto (2011) is a fresh take on the Biblical tale of oppression, inspiration and freedom, with experienced Rossinian Roberto Abbado in the pit and eloquent singing from Sonia Ganassi and Alex Esposito, while the sparkling La scala di seta (2009) weaves a burlesque tale of gentlemen using a silken ladder to access the bedchamber of a certain Giulia, sung with ‘wonderful suppleness’ (Opernwelt) by Olga Peretyatko. Rossini turns again to the Old Testament for inspiration in what would be his longest-ever contralto part for the title role of Ciro in Babilonia (2012), ideally suited to and skilfully taken by great Rossini singer Ewa Podleś. History then gives way to histrionics and the composer’s light-hearted one-act operatic farce Il Signor Bruschino (2012), transported in a ‘clever production’ (New York Times) by innovative theatre company Teatro Sotterraneo to a modern-day theme park, where a case of mistaken identities is brought to riotous pitch by Rossini’s forward-thinking comedic effects. Musical refinement and madcap invention combine in L’italiana in Algeri (2013), the sparkling buffa that was an early triumph for Rossini and drove Richard Strauss ‘mad with enthusiasm’. Davide Livermore’s exuberant, Swinging 60s-based production features agile-voiced Anna Goryachova (‘an ideal performer, both as a singer and actor’ – Online Musik Magazin) and Alex Esposito (‘a robust and authoritative voice of supreme quality’ – Operaclick) in the story of one girl’s fearless determination to rescue her captive lover from the evil clutches of the Bey of Algiers.

Mosè in Egitto 
Mosè: Riccardo Zanellato
Faraone: Alex Esposito
Osiride: Dmitry Korchak
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Director: Graham Vick
Year: 2011

La scala di seta 
Dormont: Daniele Zanfardino
Giulia: Olga Peretyatko
Lucilla: Anna Malavasi
Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento
Conductor: Claudio Scimone
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Year: 2009

Ciro in Babilonia 
Ciro: Ewa Podleś
Amira: Jessica Pratt
Baldassare: Michael Spyres
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Will Crutchfield
Director: Davide Livermore
Year: 2012

Il Signor Bruschino 
Bruschino senior: Roberto De Candia
Gaudenzio: Carlo Lepore
Sofia: Maria Aleida
Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini
Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Director: Teatro Sotterraneo
Year: 2012

L’italiana in Algeri 
Isabella: Anna Goryachova
Mustafà: Alex Esposito
Lindoro: Yijie Shi
Taddeo: Mario Cassi
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: José Ramón Encinar
Director: Davide Livermore
Year: 2013

Picture: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital/DTS Surround (Mosè in Egitto / Ciro in Babilonia / L’italiana in Algeri)
LPCM 2.0/DTS Surround (La scala di seta / Il Signor Bruschino)
LPCM 2.0/DTS Master Audio (all)
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running time: 669 mins (5 discs)
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE (all operas) + IT (La scala di seta) + KO (L’italiana in Algeri) + JP & KO (Ciro in Babilonia / Il Signor Bruschino)