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Giordano: Siberia from Bregenz Festival
This opera rarity performed at Bregenz Festival ‘is musical narrative theatre in perfection’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Giordano: Siberia from Bregenz Festival © C Major Entertainment
Giordano: Siberia from Bregenz Festival © Bregenzer Festspiele / Karl Forster
Umberto Giordano’s opera Siberia with its libretto by Puccini’s successful librettist Luigi Illica (La bohème, Tosca) premiered in 1903 at La Scala as a replacement of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which was not finished at the time. Madama Butterfly came out in Milan shortly after Siberia and flopped completely. Umberto Giordano, however, briefly became a public favorite. Shortly after successful re-runs on important theatres, including Buenos Aires, New York and São Paulo, Siberia could not maintain its position in repertoire although Gabriel Fauré designated the second act as ‘one of the most remarkable and captivating that modern dramatic music can offer.’ This opera rarity performed at Bregenz Festival ‘is musical narrative theatre in perfection’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) in which ‘Uryupin leads the agile Wiener Symphoniker through the score with a sense for delicately tinted colours. Ambur Braid sings the challenging part of Stephanas with bravour’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).
Original title Giordano: Siberia from Bregenz Festival
Recording location Bregenz Festival, August 2022
Duration 112 mins
Production Company A co-production of ORF Landesstudio Vorarlberg, ORF III Kultur und Information and UNITEL in cooperation with Bregenz Festival
Composer Umberto Giordano
Orchestra / Band Wiener Symphoniker
Conductor Valentin Uryupin
Choir Prague Philharmonic Choir
Stage Director Vasily Barkhatov
Soloist Ambur Braid, Clarry Bartha, Alexander Mikhailov, Scott Hendricks, Fredrika Brillembourg
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