ROSSINI La Cenerentola. Antonino Siragusa, Sonia Ganassi, Marco Vinco, Alfonso Antoniozzi, Carla Di Censo, Teatro Carlo Felice / Renato Palumbo. Arthaus Musik DVD

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GIOACHINO ROSSINI

La Cenerentola

Don Ramiro Antonino Siragusa

Cenerentola Sonia Ganassi

Dandini Marco Vinco

Don Magnifico Alfonso Antoniozzi

Clorinda Carla Di Censo

Teatro Carlo Felice / Renato Palumbo

Stage Directed by Paul Curran

LIVE RECORDING FROM THE TEATRO CARLO FELICE, GENOA, 2006

Arthaus presents Rossini’s popular comic opera, La Cenerentola, in a

staging from the opera house in Naples. The operatic re-telling of this

much loved fairy-tale centres on Cinderella’s honesty and integrity, and

on her willingness to forgive others, and to encourage those around her

to be equally tolerant.

Paul Curran’s production presented to rapturous acclaim in Genoa in May 2006, finds a rather unusual setting for this moral tale. He sets the story in the year 1912, in his own words, “because I wanted to draw attention to social conflicts, and this was a period when class differences were very real”. The 20th century setting works well as the social differences become immediately palpable for modern audiences, lending the main theme of forgiveness and reconciliation even more prominence. However, the comic side of the opera does not go missing and the clown-like choreographies for the duets, trios etc. dramatizes the absurdities of the “bad” characters’ behaviour.

Making his operatic début in Genoa with this production, conductor Renato Palumbo used Alberto Zedda’s critical edition of Rossini’s work. He was praised in the Italian press for his “rapid, clearly-defined interpretation of the score”, “rhythmically precise and fluidly lyrical at the same time”.

A cast of established singers is led by Sonia Ganassi, who has developed a reputation as a leading exponent of Rossini’s self-possessed mezzo heroines. La Repubblica found her singing “mature and authoritative, with some quite wonderful moments”, while the singing of Sicilian tenor Antonino Siragusa was described as “limpid and technically flawless”.

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