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Faccio: Amleto

By Bartosz Urbanowicz

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By Bartosz Urbanowicz, Claudio Sgura, Dshamilja Kaiser, Eduard Tsanga, Gianluca Buratto, Iulia Maria Dan, Jonathan Winell, Paul Schweinester, Pavel Cernoch, Prague Philharmonic Chorus, Sabine Winter, Sebastien Soules, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and Yasushi Hiran. By Franco Faccio. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #8660454-55. Published by Naxos (NX.8660454-55).

Item Number: NX.8660454-55

Conducted by Paolo Carignani.

First performed in 1865, Amleto ('Hamlet') represented a radical new development in Italian opera, the nuovo melodrama. Composer Franco Faccio and his librettist Arrigo Boito sought a greater degree of musical unity in staged productions and a more equal relationship between text and music. In Hamlet, a play that many then considered un-operatic, they found the perfect medium through which to explore the work's philosophical and dramatic power- not least the great set-piece scenes: Amleto's soliloquy 'Essere o non essere!" (To be or not to be), Ofelia's Mad Scene and the fight scenes- in a way that strikingly prefigures the verismo operas yet to come. This production premiered at the Bregenz Festival in June 2016; a film of the production followed on C Major, which won numerous accolades. This audio recording was made during the same performances. The production features an excellent cast with the title role taken by Pavel Cernoch.

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