DVD and Blu Ray - Dynamic Opera Classic

Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes was among the many musicians who travelled to Italy to master the language and the rules of operatic works. He studied in Milan and succeeded in having a few operas staged at Italian venues, before returning to Brazil where he was hailed as the most famous living national composer. Gomes felt compelled to commit his work to the countrys anti slave cause, which was still legal practice then. Lo schiavo was therefore conceived as a politically engaged work. However, the issue was rather volatile and the composer had to change the contemporary time setting to a more distant one. In Brazil the opera was a triumph, but elsewhere t failed to gain popularity and soon fell into oblivion. This recording of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliaris production documents the operas first performance in modern times and reveals Gomes flamboyant richness of melodic creativity, his sound grasp of construction, and a technical mastery of the theatrical mechanisms that are always of the highest level. The most popular title of the entire Brazilian repertoire. The most represented and, perhaps, the most loved one. (John Neschling, conductor)

Svetla Vassileva (Ilara)
Massimiliano Pisapia (Américo)
Andrea Borghini (Iberè)
Elisa Balbo (La contessa di Boissy)
Daniele Terenzi (Gianfèra)
Dongho Kim (Il conte Rodrigo/Goitacà)
Marco Puggioni (Guarùco)
Francesco Musinu (Tupinambà/Lion)
Michelangelo Romero (Tapacoà)
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Conductor John Neschling
Chorus master Donato Sivo

Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
in coproduction with Festival Amazonas de Opera of Manaus
Stage Director Davide Garattini Raimondi
Set designer Tiziano Santi
Costume designer Domenico Franchi
Light designer Alessandro Verazzi
Coreographer Luigia Frattaroli

Video director Tiziano Mancini

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Date of performance: February 27th - March 1th 2019
Running Time: 138 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 19:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles IT, EN, FR, DE, JA
Lebel: Dynamic Opera Classic