Roberto Frontali Ernesto Duke of Caldora
Lucia Aliberti Imogene, his wife
Stuart Neill Gualtiero, former Count of Montalto
José Guadalupe Reyes Itulbo, Gualtiero’s lieutenant
Kelly Anderson Goffredo, a hermit
Hermine May Adele, Imogene’s companion
Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Hellwart Matthiesen chorus master
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Marcello Viotti conductor
Bellini’s Il pirata became an international must-see in mid-18th-century Europe. His third opera, the work was written for La Scala in Milan and brought Bellini to the attention of the musical press, who hailed him as an exciting new talent.
Containing the first full-scale mad scene in operatic history, Il pirata signified the advent of a new Romantic opera style. Well and truly aligned with the concept of the Gothic novel, the sense of evil is prominent right until the final moment – the work contains what were then new levels of dramaticism that embrace the notion of tragedy, and did not conform to the norm of what the 18th century considered to be a happy ending.
This 1994 recording boasts such vocal talent as the now Verdi heavyweight Roberto Frontali as Ernesto and award-winning soprano Lucia Aliberti as Imogene, while American tenor Stuart Neill has won praise for his interpretations of Gualtiero, singing ‘the most stratospheric notes … with complete aplomb.’ (Berliner Morgenpost)
- Recorded July 1994, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem.
- Il Pirata is one of the most successful operas by Vincenzo Bellini. It was written in 1827 and was one of the first romantic operas written in Italy. The background is 13th century Sicily, a great inspiration for Bellini’s dramatic genius for expressing the passions of love and revenge.
- Starring the great Lucia Aliberti and Stuart Neill, expertly backed by the Orchestra of the Deutsche Opera Berlin, conducted by opera specialist Marcello Viotti.
- Booklet contains notes on the Gothic novel, plot and background of Il pirata and Romantic opera in Italy.
- Italian libretto available by clicking ‘DOWNLOAD BOOKLET’ (on release).