Enrico di Borgogna is a melodramma per musica that was premiered in Venice in 1818, marking Donizetti’s stage debut. The plot of this rarely performed opera follows a rather traditional scheme: Enrico wants to defeat the son of the villain who usurped his father’s throne and is about to marry his beloved Elisa. Fortunately, he succeeds in stopping the marriage and regaining his inheritance.
This release is a world première video recording of the 2018 Donizetti Opera Festival performance, which received excellent reviews for its brilliant staging. Director Silvia Paoli uses a ‘theatre within the theatre’ approach which produces moments of sheer humour and amusement and, as the curtain opens, the public is transported back to the time of the opera's première.
Played on period instruments by the Academia Montis Regalis and conducted by repertoire specialist Alessandro De Marchi, this opera features prima donnas Sonia Ganassi and Anna Bonitatibus in the main roles.
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Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna
Anna Bonitatibus, Sonia Ganassi, Levy Sekgapane, Francesco Castoro, Luca Tittoto, Lorenzo Barbieri, Federica Vitali, Matteo Mezzaro
Academia Montis Regalis, Coro Donizetti Opera
Alessandro De Marchi (conductor), Silvia Paoli (director)