Pergolesi: Lo Frate 'Nnamorato [Jesi 2011] [Nicola Alaimo, Elena Belfiore, Patrizia Biccirè] [Arthaus: 101652]
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LIVE RECORDING FROM THE TEATRO G. B. PERGOLESI, JESI, 2011
Marcaniello NICOLA ALAIMO
Ascanio ELENA BELFIORE
Nena PATRIZIA BICCIRÈ
Nina JURGITA ADAMONYTEEUROPA GALANTE
Conductor FABIO BIONDI
Stage Director WILLY LANDIN
Pergolesi's comic opera Lo frate 'nnamorato
(The Brother in Love) from 1732 was his ticket to the Royal Chapel in Naples. Its huge success was due to the beautiful score, showing Pergolesi's talent for opera compositions, and the exquisite Libretto by Gennarantonio Federico. Lo frate 'nnamorato
especially owes its wit and exuberance to the comic resources of improvisational theatre, which is, re?ected in the narrative structure and relationships between the dramatis personae. Love triangles, marriage plans that come to nothing, intrigues and more lead the opera along to the unsuspected outcome.
The 2011 Jesi production, set in the 1950s, features an outstanding cast of singers that further present ?rst-class acting skills that drive a line between quintessence and parody, inventive genius and a sense of tradition, caricature and insight into the roles and characters. Nicola Alaimo, Elena Bel?ore, Patrizia Biccirè and Jurgita Adamonyte - to name but a few - carry this wonderful production, realized by the young Argentine director Willy Landin. Fabio Biondi began his career as a Wunderkind Violinist at the age of twelve. In 1990 he founded his fabulous ensemble Europa Galante, which quickly became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of baroque music.