Opera

Puccini's Edgar

Lorenzo Mariani (stage director), Yoram David (conductor) – With José Cura (Edgar), Amarilli Nizza (Fidelia), Julia Gertseva (Tigrana)...

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Cast

Lorenzo Mariani — Stage director
Maurizio Balò — Set and costume design
Christian Pinaud — Lighting designer
Elisabetta Marini — Assistant director
Alessandra Gramaglia — Assistant costume designer
José Cura — Edgar
Amarilli Nizza — Fidelia
Julia Gertseva — Tigrana
Marco Vratogna — Frank
Carlo Cigni — Gualtiero
Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino
Claudio Marino Moretti — Chorus director
Claudio Fenoglio — Chorus director
Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino
Yoram David — Conductor

Program notes

Puccini’s operas are among the most beloved and best-known works in the classical repertoire, but Edgar may be unknown even to aficionados, at least as it is presented here. This original four-act version of Edgar, first performed in 1889, was believed lost for over a century when Puccini’s granddaughter Simonetta discovered the score fully intact in 2008. In addition to the third act’s funeral music, which Arturo Toscanini conducted at Puccini’s funeral in 1924, listeners may recognize the duet from the now-restored fourth act, cut by Puccini in subsequent revisions of the work: it bears more than a passing similarity to the third-act duet in Tosca.

For the first performance of the original score since the nineteenth century, accomplished Argentine tenor José Cura steps into the title role, a man torn between his love for virtuous Fidelia (soprano Amarilli Nizza), and his carnal lust for debauched courtesan Tigrana (one of the few mezzo roles Puccini wrote, sung here by Julia Gertseva). If the intrigue seems slightly unoriginal, the talented cast elevates the material, and Lorenzo Mariani’s rich staging transposes the action from the medieval age to Risorgimento Italy, the milieu in which the opera was born.

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Directed by:
Tiziano Mancini
Venue: Teatro Regio di Torino (Turin, Italy)
Production date: 2009
Recording date: 2008
Duration: 2 h 36 min
Production: © RAI Trade
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR, IT, ES, De
Resolution: Full HD