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Nicola De Giosa: Don Checco

By Carmine Monaco

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By Carmine Monaco, carolinaa Lippo, Coro della Filarmonica di Stato 'Transilvania', Domenico Colaianni, Francesco Castoro, Matteo Beltrami, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Paolo Cauteruccio, and Rocco Cavalluzzi. By Nicola De Giosa. Classical. 2 listening CDs. Published by Dynamic (NX.DYN-CDS7737).

Item Number: NX.DYN-CDS7737

"Don Checco is De Giosa's masterpiece and one of the greatest successes in the history of Naples' lyrical productions, as is witnessed by the 96 performances of the first production, which took place at the Neapolitan Teatro Nuovo on 11th July 1850, and by a successful theatrical history continued until the late 19th century, so as to become the most performed opera together with Verdi's La traviata. Don Checco represents the best comic tradition of the Neapolitan musical theatre in the 19th century. This sketch of Neapolitan life (Don Checco speaks and sings in dialect), is a comedy of errors brought to music with tuneful and bright modes. The musical writing, smooth and pleasant, accompanies with lightness the adventures of the protagonists: the libretto is essentially a small, enjoyable, dialect comedy with extensive dialogues in prose and "closed pieces" in music, in dialect or in Italian. This opera was a real surprise, pleasant and funny, and accurately produced. (...)". From a review by Lorenzo Fiorito for Bachtrack, A world premiere on CD.

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