IL VIAGGIO A REIMS
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS
Elena de la Merced, Paula Rasmussen, Mariola Cantarero
Orquestra Simfònica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Arthaus presents an ebullient and colourful staging of Rossini‘s oneact dramma giocoso at the Gran Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona. This opera was originally commissioned for the coronation of Charles X as King of France in Reims cathedral; thus it was written not for the stage, but for a special occasion, which Rossini did not intend to become part of the repertory: he only permitted it to be performed a few times so as to be free to re-use the music, which he did mainly in Le Comte Ory (1828). The opera has also suffered from the difficulty of assembling a cast more than three times that of a normal opera buffa and composed exclusively of outstanding virtuosi. The undeniable attraction of Viaggio a Reims lies in the libretto, with its biting irony and playfulness characteristic of Rossini‘s comic operas and above all in the extraordinarily brilliant score, comprising arias, duets and ensembles that afford ample scope for the singers to show off their talents and feature some of Rossini‘s most elaborate and spectacular vocal writing.
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Christoph Willibald Gluck
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