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Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Gaetano Donizetti, Mário Rossi, San Carlo Theater Orchestra (Naples)
Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Genre: Classical
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  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2


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Great Gencer in historical Devereux
Gustavo Demarco | Buenos Aires | 08/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Donizetti's operatic production is amazingly abundant, but only a few titles were regularly performed in the XXth century until the 'Bel canto revival' of the fifties and sixties. This is partly explained by melodies and themes lacking of interest or originality, and partly by the extraordinary vocal abilities demanded (especially to sopranos). A small group of outstanding sopranos have been responsible for Donizetti's revival: Callas, Gencer, Sutherland and Caballé, and, more recently, Gruberova. Roberto Devereux was exhumated in 1964 by Leyla Gencer after being forgotten for almost a hundred years. This recording was taken during one of those historical performances. Here we have a splendid Elisabetta sung by Gencer. An excellent Nottingham is sung by a young Piero Cappuccilli, and Ana Maria Rota is very good as Sara. Ruggero Bondino sings a forgettable Roberto Devereux, but fortunately the title role of this opera is of secondary importance. The Naples orchestra sounds well, conducted by Mario Rossi. The quality of sound is good. Despite some generalized opinion, this opera has good merits and deserves more attention. The music has moments of quality and grandeur. This recording provides an excellent opportunity: an outstanding historical performance by an exceptional soprano (Gencer) and an excellent baritone (Cappucilli) at a very low price. As usual, it would be highly desirable that Opera d'oro series included libretto and comments, especially in the case of rare operas like this one."
rafael garcia | 10/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some years ago the great Beverly Sills recorded this classic role. That recording was legendary. Now we have a live recording of the great Leyla Gencer singing the role. This performance is superb; dramatic, gripping, and also legendary."
A friend of mine gave me this recording -
rafael garcia | Madrid Spain | 01/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"and I'm so glad she did. Devereux is one of Donizettis lesser known operas - but it is well worth getting to know - especially if Leyla Gencer is singing.She does everything - the only problem is that that there is no libretto so as commanding as Gencer maybe I don't really know what she is singing about-still the recording is well worth purchasing."