ARTHAUS, 1 DVD
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Opera buffa in two acts / Sung in Italian The eponymous heroine of Paisiello’s Nina (1789) had a far-reaching influence on the operatic taste of the Romantic era. The mad heroines of Bellini and Donizetti are her direct descendants. Driven out of her wits by the supposed death of her lover, Lindoro, the role of Nina offers a wealth of opportunity for histrionic and vocal fireworks. In this live recording from the Zurich Opera of a revival of Cesare Lievi’s highly successful 1998 production, Cecilia Bartoli triumphs as Nina.
"This interesting production of Paisiello's Nina was mezzo Cecilia Bartoli's idea, as she's always on the lookout for new projects. Paisiello wrote the piece especially for his lover, the famous mezzo Celeste Coltellini, in 1790 and hats off to Bartoli whose fantastic musicality, articulation and sheer power of communication is second to none on this DVD. As the conductor Adam Fischer says on this ideal casting, 'The star calls for the role; the role calls for the star.' Also included on the disc is a fascinating documentary on the sadly neglected Paisiello." Louise Flind, classic fM, Oktober 2003