MICHELE CARAFA (1787-1872): I due Figaro.
Catalogue Number: 05L045
Reference: AB 20015
Description: The libretto by Felice Romani, based on a 1790 French play Les deux Figaro, takes place 15 years after Figaro's wedding. Figaro is plotting to ditch Susanna and marry Count Almaviva's daughter Ines for her dowry. The usual disguises and farcical action ensue. Carafa was a good friend of Rossini and the music follows accordingly, his own personality standing out in his widely varied accompaniments which make lovely use of the members of the wind section. Premiered in 1820, it was one of a few operas Carafa wrote in his native country before leaving for France for political reasons and finishing his career with a 28-year stint as professor at the Paris Conservatory. English subtitles. Eunshil Kim, Rossella Bevacqua, Cinzia Rizzone (sopranos), Giorgio Trucco (tenor), Simon Bailey (bass-baritone), Chorus of the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella di Napoli, Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra; Brad Cohen. Live recording from the 2006 Rossini in Wildbad Festival. 16:9 widescreen. NTSC all regions. PCM stereo. 160 min.