FRANCESCO MORLACCHI (1784-1841): Tebaldo e Isolina (1825 Dresden version).
Catalogue Number: 03V037
Description: Morlacchi was a native of Perugia, but early success led him to become music director of the Dresden Opera where he remained for the rest of his life despite having an opportunity to succeed Rossini in Naples in 1822. He did make tours to Italy however, and Tebaldo e Isolina received its triumphant premiere in Venice, becoming the most successful of all his operas. Morlacchi’s gifts as a lyricist and for characterization are heard here at their best, with showpiece arias and duets in a version of the Romeo and Juliet story that ends in happiness and the victory of reason over vengeance. 2 CDs. No libretto. Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (tenor), Laura Polverelli (mezzo), Raúl Baglietto (bass-baritone), Sandra Pastana (soprano), Camerata Bach Choir Poznań, Virtuosi Brunensis; Antonini Fogliani.