I DUE FOSCARI (Teatro alla Scala)

“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

I DUE FOSCARI (Teatro alla Scala)

Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after The Two Foscari by Lord Byron

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

From Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Recorded in 2016
Opera in three acts
Sung in Italian

Running Time: 2h 09 min




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.”


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