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Straniera 1972Teatro Massimo, Palermo

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The Festival 's guest company in 1972 was the Teatro Massimo from Palermo. The quality of the productions and performances was mixed, and the reception by the critics was on the whole cool. While orchestra and chorus were not of the first rank, there was still lots to enjoy from the singers. It was unfortunate that the Verdi, in particular, was hampered by ill-health on the part of some singers. Three rareties from the Italian ottocento repertoire were presented. The Rossini was the first of his important Naples commissions, Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra. The Verdi was Attila. It was also essential that this company should feature a work by a Sicilian composer. The obvious candidate, Bellini, was represented by La straniera.

This was a very rare revival, and the most successful of the pieces brought to Edinburgh by the Sicilians. Renata Scotto was excellent at this type of work, giving an object-lesson in the art of dramatically effective bel canto, making it hard to understand the work's neglect.

Domenico Trimarchi, a baritone better known for buffo parts, here showed his lyric credentials, and the young soprano Elena Zilio made her little aria into a real gem. The basses sounded completely distinctive in their short roles, and Garaventa gave a workmanlike performance as a character difficult to take seriously. The production was also beautifully designed, with stylishly lavish medieval costumes and unusually atmospheric lighting.

Performance Cast

Agnese of Pomerania disguised as Alaide

Renata Scotto

Leopoldo Agnese's brother, disguised as Baron Valdeburgo

Domenico Trimarchi

Arturo Count of Ravenstel

Ottavio Garaventa

Isoletta betrothed to Arturo

Elena Zilio

Duke of Montolino Isoletta's father

Guido Mazzini

Osburgo Arturo's friend

Gian Paolo Corradi

Prior of the Knights Hospitaller

Enrico Campi

Performance DatesStraniera 1972

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

31 Aug, 19.30 2 Sep, 19.30 5 Sep, 19.30 8 Sep, 19.30

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