Rossini: Ciro Di Babilonia /Crutchfield, Podleś, Spyres, Pratt, Palazzi [blu-ray]

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The Biblical story of Belshazzar's hubristic arrogance set against the valour of the young warrrior-leader Cyrus provided the 20-year-old Rossini with a dramatic story with West-Eastern resonances which still speak to us today. For the title role of Cyrus, Rossini wrote what would be his longest-ever contralto role, to which the great Rossini singer Ewa Podles is both naturally attracted and ideally suited. She is partnered by two young stars of Rossini singing, Jessica Pratt and Michael Spyres, and a conductor-scholar, Will Crutchfield, of immense experience and sympathy.

What the press said:
''In the title role, the booming contralto Ewa Podles gives the kind of old-style, intensely felt performance that is her trademark. As Amira, the soprano Jessica Pratt established herself in two daunting arias as a brilliant new presence on the bel canto scene.'' New York Times

Gioachino Rossini CIRO IN BABILONIA
(Blu-ray Disc Version)

Ciro – Ewa Podles
Amira – Jessica Pratt
Baldassare – Michael Spyres
Zambri – Mirco Palazzi
Argene – Carmen Romeu
Arbace – Robert McPherson
Daniello – Raffaele Costantini
Ned Keene – George von Bergen

Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus and Orchestra Will Crutchfield, conductor

Davide Livermore, stage director

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2012

- Cast gallery

Picture format: 1080i High Definition Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Running time: 165 mins
No. of Discs: 1 (Blu-ray)

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: OA BD7123D

  • UPC: 809478071235

  • Label: Opus Arte

  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini

  • Conductor: Will Crutchfield

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus, Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra

  • Performer: Carmen Romeu, Ewa Podles, George Von Bergen, Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres, Mirco Palazzi, Raffaele Costantini, Robert McPherson