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Adelaide di Borgogna 2005Edinburgh International Festival

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Of the four rare Rossini works given concert performances in the Usher Hall during the last half of Brian McMaster's leadership of the Edinburgh Festival, Adelaide was the odd one out in that it was premiered in Rome rather than Naples.

While the sequence of Neapolitan works has been recognised as a fascinating stream of novelties, Adelaide had continued to be largely ignored. A London revival in 1978 (in concert) did little to change attitudes towards it.

This evening revealed the work to be full of interest, with many sections of very high quality, and the performance maintained the high musical standard of its predecessors. Jennifer Larmore, in particular, made a superb impression. Majella Cullagh, Bruce Ford and Mirco Palazzi sang just as well, even if their characters were marginally less interesting. An excellent recording of the event was also issued. 

Performance Cast

Adelaide widow of Lotario

Majella Cullagh

Ottone Otto I, Emperor of Germany

Jennifer Larmore

Adelberto son of Berengario

Bruce Ford

Berengario usurping King of Italy

Mirco Palazzi

Eurice Berengario's wife

Rebecca Bottone

Ernesto an officer of Ottone

Ashley Catling

Iroldo former governor of Canossa

Mark Wilde

Performance DatesAdelaide di Borgogna 2005

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

19 Aug, 19.30

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