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ROSSINI: La Scala di Seta - Rossini Opera Festival, Scimone (DVD)
ROSSINI: La Scala di Seta - Rossini Opera Festival, Scimone (DVD)

ROSSINI: La Scala di Seta - Rossini Opera Festival, Scimone (DVD)

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Daniele Zanfardino (Dormont); Olga Peretyatko (Giulia); Anna Malavasi (Lucilla); José Manuel Zapata (Dorvil);

The Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the composers birthplace, is internationally renowned for its innovative stagings and musically impeccable productions. This colourful and exuberant production was staged by Daminano Michieletto, one of the truly new voices in stage direction today (LUnita). Michieletto made his international debut at the Wexford Opera Festival in 2003 with a highly-acclaimed production of Weinbergers Svanda Dudák, named Opera Production of the Year by the Irish Times. Claudio Scimone, a key figure in the international Rossini Renaissance, conducts the Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento and leadsa cast of Rossini specialists including Daniele Zanfardino, Olga Peretyatko and Anna Malavasi.

"Paolo Bordogna is one of Italy’s finest comic singer/actors. He played the part of Germano, the servant who Dormont has engaged to keep an eye on Giulia. Every Bordogna movement is a musical delight. His diction is wonderfully clean and meaningful. He knows about taking farce seriously in order to deliver it. His aria - Amore dolciamente - had the merest hint of irony - just the kind of subtlety the composer requires." (Seen and Heard International)

"The cast is uniformly good. With her film-star looks and shiny top register, Olga Peretyatko has a lot of fun as Giulia, Carlo Lepore shows off as the vacuous Blansac, Jose Manuel Zapata makes an engaging Dorvil, and Paolo Bordogna proves an expert clown in the buffo role of Germano." (BBC Music Magazine)