Matilde di Shabran was Rossini’s last commission from Rome, where Il barbiere di Siviglia had had its birth. This premiere NAXOS recording revives the original 1821 Rome version, which was conducted at the last minute by Niccolo Paganini, and caused turmoil in the streets of Rome between groups of Rossini’s pros and cons. Rossini was not overly concerned, as he had his sights set on greener pastures: Vienna, London and Paris awaited.
The cast of this NAXOS release of the original version (of three) features a youthful group of gifted singers from the Bad Wildblad Festival : six males and two females. Contralto Victoria Yarovaya and soprano Sara Blanch, both raise the bar for their other colleagues getting the lionesses’ shares of the show stopping arias.
José Miguel Pérez-Sierra brightly helms this performance of this comic rarity conducting the Passionart Orchestra Krakow in this NAXOS CD which is sure to entice Rossini fans with its rarity.
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