Teatro alla Scala: I Due Foscari (NR) Release Date: April 13th, 2017
Run time: 2 hr. 9 min.
Director: Alvis Hermanis
Genres: Program
Starring: Michele Mariotti, Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli, Anna Pirozzi
“Plácido Domingo is the definitive Francesco of recent times” - Financial Times “To see him again on stage is a joy. From here to eternity” - La Stampa “One can only marvel at his enormous musicality, his ageless vocal quality, his enviable stage presence” - Il corriere musicale Here is Plácido Domingo’s latest conquest: the leading baritone role of Francesco Foscari in Verdi’s darkly atmospheric, melodically generous early opera, based on Lord Byron’s play. Set in 15th-century Venice, I Due Foscari is the forerunner of Simon Boccanegra, and Domingo’s triumph as the Doge set the seal on this critically lauded new production from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the ultimate Verdi shrine. Declaring the legendary singer “the definitive Francesco of recent times”, the Financial Times’s reviewer also had high praise for the rest of La Scala’s superb cast, from “Andrea Concetti’s solid Loredano, to the immaculate Francesco Meli in a perfect match for Jacopo. Anna Pirozzi makes a triumphant house debut as Lucrezia. She wins hearts and minds through fearsome dramatisation and thrilling vocal power. But the revelation of the night is [conductor] Michele Mariotti. Here is an interpretation of unbridled elasticity [...] There is the whiff of Venice’s sea breeze and a surge in its lagoon. The well-drilled chorus of patricians sends a chill down the spine. Mariota is the wunderkind of the Italian repertoire.” Opera in three acts. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. From Teatro alla Scala, Milan Recorded in 2016 CREATIVE TEAM Conductor Michele Mariotti Stage Director Alvis Hermanis Set Designer Alvis Hermanis Costume Designer Kristīne Jurjāne Lighting Designer Gleb Filshtinsky Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra ARTISTIC TEAM Francesco Foscari Plácido Domingo Jacopo Foscari Francesco Meli Lucrezia Contarini Anna Pirozzi Jacopo Loredano Andrea Concetti Barbarigo Edoardo Milletti Pisana Chiara Isotton Foot Soldier Azer Rza-Zade Servant Till von Orlowsky