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Vaccaj: La Sposa Di Messina (Naxos: 8.660295-96)

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The operas of Nicola Vaccaj, renowned as a vocal teacher and still known today for his Metodo di Canto, employ a similar bel canto style to that of his rival Bellini. Based on a tragedy by Friedrich Schiller, the powerfully dramatic plot of La sposa di Messina deals with the inescapable and, in this case, destructive nature of destiny. Vaccaj's own 1839 premiere was dogged by bad luck, and the subject proved too controversial for Venetian audiences despite its numerous superb set pieces. After one complete and one partial performance, it was not staged again until the 2009 revival heard on this live recording.

A composer of fifteen operas, Nicola Vaccaj is now virtually forgotten as a composer though La sposa di Messina could have been"from the pen of the young Verdi or Donizetti" according to the Belgian Opera Gazet review of this festival concert performance. This unique revival and premiere recording has a very strong cast and the performance is in the trusted hands of opera specialist Antonino Fogliani, whose Rossini (Mose in Egitto 8.660220-21 and Otello 8.660275-76) and Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor 8.660255-56) are among the evergreen staples of our opera catalogue.

Antonino Fogliani's many conducting engagements have taken him to leading international opera houses and concert halls. For Rossini in Wildbad he has directed Ciro in Babilonia, L'occasione fa il ladro, Mose in Egitto, La scala di seta, Il signor Bruschino and Otello, as well as Vaccaj's La sposa di Messina.
Item number 8660295-96
Barcode 730099029575
Release date 26/03/2012
Category Chamber | Classical Music
Label Naxos Opera
Media type CD
Number of units 2
Artists Filippo Adami
Armando Ariostini
Maurizio Lo Piccolo
Wakako Ono
Jessica Pratt
Composers Nicola Vaccaj
Conductors Antonino Fogliani
Orchestras Virtuosi Brunensis
Classica Chamber Choir Brno
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ROSSINI: Mose in Egitto (1819 Naples version) (Antonino Fogliani/ Filippo Adami/ Giorgio Trucco/ Lorenzo Regazzo/ Siegbert Ernst/ Tommy Potter/ Wojtek Gierlach/ Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra) (Naxos: 8.660220-21) 8660220-21 26/11/2007 £12.99
ROSSINI: Ciro in Babilonia (Anna Rita Gemmabella/ Antonino Fogliani/ ARS Brunensis Chamber Choir/ Giorgio Trucco/ Giovanni Bellavia/ Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade/ Maria Soulis/ Riccardo Botta/ South West German Radio (Stuttgart)/ Wojtek Gierlach/ Wurttemberg Phil 8660203-04 29/01/2007 £12.99
MEYERBEER: Semiramide (Altensteig Rossini Choir/ Deborah Riedel/ Filippo Adami/ Fiona Janes/ Hans-Jorg Kalmbach/ Leonardo Silva/ Marco Bellei/ Matthias Wurster/ Olga Peretyatko/ Richard Bonynge/ Siegbert Ernst/ Wojtek Gierlach/ Wurttemberg Philharmonic Or 8660205-06 29/05/2006 £12.99
PUCCINI: Turandot (Alexander Rahbari/ Armando Ariostini/ Bilbao Choral Society/ Felipe Bou/ Francisco Heredia/ Giovanna Casolla/ Gorka Gerrikabeitia/ Javier Mas/ Jose Garcia-Quijada/ Lando Bartolini/ Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra/ Masako Deguci/ Vicenc Es 8660089-90 01/04/2003 £12.99
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