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Bianca e Falliero



Bianca e Falliero

Gioachino Rossini

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This opera, which is one of Rossini’s most sumptuous and ornate, tells of Bianca’s love (Majella Cullagh) for Falliero (Jennifer Larmore) and Bianca’s struggle to resist her father’s... read more

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playstop01 Bianca e Falliero: Sinfonia06:50
playstop02 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena I: Introduction: Dalle lagune Adriache 04:11
playstop03 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena II: Introduction: Pace alfin per l'Adria splende 05:30
playstop04 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena II: Introduction: Esce il Doge ? 03:19
playstop05 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena III: Recitative: Ministri del Consiglio, ite, e per tutte - scena IV: Falliero ha vinto 02:23
playstop06 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena IV: Cavatina: Viva Fallier, lode al guerrier 02:13
playstop07 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena V: Cavatina: Inclito Prence, illustri padri, e quanti 02:46
playstop08 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena V: Cavatina: Se per l'Adria il ferro strinsi 03:27
playstop09 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena V: Cavatina: Il ciel custode 03:32
playstop10 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena V: Recitative: Grata Vinegia, o prode 00:47
playstop11 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VI: Cavatina: Negli orti di Fiora 04:55
playstop12 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VI: Cavatina: Come sereno e il di! 02:26
playstop13 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VI: Cavatina: Della rosa il bel vermiglio 03:40
playstop14 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VI: Cavatina: Oh! Serto beato 04:14
playstop15 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VII: Recitative: Costanza? ? ebben? che rechi? - scena VIII: Bianca, in si lieto giorno 02:53
playstop16 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VIII: scena and Aria: Se l'amor mio ti e caro 00:50
playstop17 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VIII: scena and Aria: Pensa che omai resistere 03:05
playstop18 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VIII: scena and Aria: Figlia mia, se forza al core 03:54
playstop19 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena VIII: scena and Aria: Il piacer di mia ventura 02:50
playstop20 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena IX: Recitative: Mai con maggior coraggio in queste soglie - scena X: Oh! Ciel! Falliero! 02:13
playstop21 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena X: scena and Duet: Divisi noi! 00:46
playstop22 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena X: scena and Duet: Sappi che un rio dovere 05:24
playstop23 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena X: scena and Aria: Ciel! qual destin terribile 03:28
playstop24 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena X: scena and Aria: Deh! va', ti scongiuro 03:25
playstop25 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena XI: Recitative: Ella mi fugge: a mille dubbi in preda 00:52
playstop26 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena XII: Finale: Fausto Imene e di gioia cagione 02:53
playstop27 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena XII: Finale: Si, congiunti, omai son pieni - scena XIII: Padre ? Signor ? 04:03
playstop28 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena XIII: Finale: Bianca, alla mia ventura 06:42
playstop29 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena XIII: Finale: Ecco espressi in questo foglio 02:19
playstop30 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena XIII: Finale: Importuno! in qual momento )04:15
playstop31 Bianca e Falliero: Act I scena XIII: Finale: Con qual dritto il pie ponesti 05:46
playstop32 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena I: Recitative: Al mio timor, deh! cedi - scena II: Lassa! ogni istante addoppia 02:46
playstop33 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena II: Recitative and Duet: Dell'onor tuo! crudele! 00:37
playstop34 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena II: Recitative and Duet: Va crudel! ? vedrai l'effetto 04:37
playstop35 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena II: Recitative and Duet: Ch'io t'abbracci: ha vinto amore 04:45
playstop36 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena III: Recitative: Fermate! siam perduti - scena IV: Veglia, o ciel - scena V: Vieni, Capellio 03:05
playstop37 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena V: scena and Duet: Come potesti, indegna 00:57
playstop38 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena V: scena and Duet: Non proferir tal nome - scena VI: Pisani! 04:12
playstop39 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VI: scena and Duet: Cadde il fellone ? oh giubilo! 03:22
playstop40 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VI: scena and Duet: Prendi il foglio; andiam: affrettari 01:15
playstop41 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VI: scena and Duet: Sorte amica, a vendicarmi 02:24
playstop42 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VII: Ah! Qual! Notte di squallore 02:56
playstop43 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VIII: scena: Qual funebre apparato 02:35
playstop44 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VIII: Aria: Alma, ben mio, si pura 03:58
playstop45 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VIII: Recitative: Vieni, signor: in altra stanza e d'uopo 01:28
playstop46 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VIII: Aria: Tu non sai qual colpo atroce 02:26
playstop47 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VIII: Aria: Lasso! cessar di vivere 02:50
playstop48 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena VIII: Aria: Ma piu che onore e vita 02:58
playstop49 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena IX: Recitative: No, non e reo - scena X: Il tuo nome? - scena XI: Signor, l'ingresso 01:50
playstop50 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XI: scena and Quartet: Donna chi sei? 01:11
playstop51 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XI: scena and Quartet: Cielo, il mio labbro inspira 05:31
playstop52 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XI: scena and Quartet: Parla dunque: qual mistero 04:30
playstop53 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XI: scena and Quartet: Grazie o Cielo! 03:02
playstop54 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XII: Recitative: Innoltra il di ? lassa! 01:06
playstop55 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XIII: Vieni, vieni: per te tremante 01:04
playstop56 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XIII: Recitative: Perdona, o mia Costanza - Final scena: Bianca! 01:48
playstop57 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XIII: Finale: Teco io resto: in te rispetto 03:42
playstop58 Bianca e Falliero: Act II scena XIII: Finale: Oh padre! 04:04

This opera, which is one of Rossini’s most sumptuous and ornate, tells of Bianca’s love (Majella Cullagh) for Falliero (Jennifer Larmore) and Bianca’s struggle to resist her father’s attempts to marry her to Capellio (Ildebrando D’Arcangelo). Jennifer Larmore the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano sings with Opera Rara for the first time. The difficult part holds no terrors for Miss Larmore who possesses one of the most agile voices before the public today. Majella Cullagh takes no vocal prisoners, sailing fearlessly through page after page of difficult music with the greatest of ease. This is a first collaboration between Opera Rara and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. With an excellent compliment of supporting artists, this fascinating addition to Opera Rara’s Rossini list is conducted by David Parry.

Booklet includes complete libretto with English translation.

'Larmore gives one of her best recorded performances' - William R Braun, Opera News

Majella Cullagh (Bianca), Jennifer Larmore (Falliero), Barry Banks (Contareno), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Capellio), Gabriella Colecchia (Costanza), Simon Bailey (Priuli), Ryland Davies (Pisani), Dominic Natoli (An official of the Doge’s court), London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry – conductor

St Mark's Square, Venice. The arcades known as the procuratie are crowded. Venetian noblemen and their ladies walk about in the square, rejoicing that a Spanish conspiracy against Venice has been foiled. Contareno and Capellio, two Venetian Senators whose families have for many years been engaged in a dispute over an inheritance, meet and hope for a reconciliation. The wealthy Capellio declares that he loves Contareno's daughter Bianca, and that he will surrender all claims on the inheritance in question if he is allowed to marry her. Capellio immediately agrees, for he sees this as a way of restoring the former wealth and splendor of his family. The boom of a cannon heralds the arrival of the Doge and his courtiers, and the Doge tells Contareno that his opinion has prevailed and that the Senate has passed a law punishing by death anyone found guilty of associating with foreign legations. Capellio says that, had he been present at the assembly of the Senate, he would not have voted for so severe a law, since there is no longer any danger from foreign conspiracy. The Doge replies that Venice is not completely safe, for there is still a threat from Spain, and indeed it has been rumored that the noble Falliero has been killed in battle. An official arrives to inform the Doge that Falliero has, in fact, won the battle and is at that moment landing on the nearby shore. Falliero enters with his officers and is greeted joyously by the crowd. He announces that the Spanish army has been defeated, and he is praised by the Doge who invites him to join in a service of thanksgiving in the cathedral.

The forecourt of Contareno's house. Bianca and her handmaidens rejoice in the safe return of Falliero, whom Bianca loves. Her nurse Costanza tells her that Falliero intends to ask for her hand in marriage, but Bianca fears that her father will reject Falliero since he is not wealthy. When Costanza has left, Contareno enters and tells his daughter that he has chosen a wonderful husband for her. She hopes that he is referring to Falliero, and is dismayed to learn it is Capellio. Contareno warns her that if she ever utters the name of Falliero again, she will forfeit her father's love and he will ensure that Falliero suffers as well. When Contareno also claims that he would die of grief were she to disobey him, Bianca unhappily submits to his will.

 

A room in Contareno's house. Falliero tells Costanza that he now believes he can visit Bianca openly, and not be viewed by her father as inferior. After assuring Falliero that Bianca is longing to greet him, Costanza sees her approaching, and leaves the young couple together. A distressed Bianca tells Falliero that her father refuses to allow them to marry, and has forbidden her even to think of him. She rushes away, and Costanza returns in great haste to warn Falliero that he is in danger if he stays. Constanza leaves, dragging Falliero away with her, and relatives of Contareno and Capellio enter with friends and servants. Finally, Contareno and Capellio arrive and, after them, Bianca, whose obvious unhappiness Capellio does not fail to notice, When Contareno orders her to sign the marriage contract, Bianca exclaims that she cannot, but her stern father insists, and she is about to sign when Falliero bursts into the room and accuses her of being unfaithful to him. Capellio and Falliero argue, Capellio insisting that Bianca is now his bride. Contareno orders his servants to throw Falliero out of the house, and a defiant Falliero warns Contareno and Capellio that his anger has reached fever pitch.

 

A courtyard within Contareno's house, divided from the residence of the Spanish Ambassador by a rear wall. It is night. Costanza leads a frightened and trembling Bianca into the courtyard, and persuades her to meet Falliero for a last farewell. Bianca agrees, but reluctantly, as she fears for Falliero's life if he were to be found in the house. Costanza leaves, and shortly afterwards Falliero enters in an agitated state. He begs Bianca to elope with him, but she tells him that, although she loves him dearly, her honor would not allow her to disobey her father. However, when Falliero declares that his life depends upon her answer, she hastens to agree to flee with him. As they are about to leave, Costanza returns to warn them that Contareno is approaching. Falliero's only way of escape is to climb over the wall into the Spanish Ambassador's residence. Although he realizes that, were he to be discovered there, it would result in his death, he has no option but to climb the wall.  He does so, just before Contareno arrives followed by Capellio. Contareno assures Capellio that Bianca loves him, but her obvious distress makes Capellio suspicious, and he is about to leave angrily while Contareno is threatening to disown Bianca, when Pisani, the Chancellor of the Council of Three, arrives with the news that Falliero has been caught within the Spanish Ambassador's residence, and is about to be put on trial by the Council of Three. Contareno gleefully anticipates getting his revenge on Falliero.

The black-draped Meeting-hall of the Council of Three. Falliero is brought in under guard. He asks who his judges are to be, and is told they are Loredano, Capellio and Contareno. He fears his case is hopeless, but Pisani tells him that, although Contareno may be harsh and inflexible, Capellio is a fair man, and will surely wish to influence Contareno now that he is married to Bianca. On hearing this, Falliero loses all hope. When he is brought before his judges, he refuses to defend himself and agrees to sign an admission of his guilt. Before he can do so, an attendant announces that an accomplice of the guilty man craves audience, and Bianca enters, heavily veiled. When her identity is revealed, Contareno attempts to have her removed, but Capellio insists that she be heard. Bianca explains how Falliero came to be in the Spanish Ambassador's residence, and Falliero, now assured of Bianca's love, declares his innocence. Contareno still wishes to find him guilty, and signs the death warrant. Loredano does so as well, but Capellio pushes the warrant away, exclaiming that Falliero will have to be judged by the Senate.

 

A room in Contareno's house.  Capellio brings Bianca home. Telling Costanza that he must hasten to the Senate to speak on Falliero's behalf, he rushes off to do so. Bianca remains anxious until Falliero himself arrives, together with Capellio and the Venetian nobles, and Falliero is able to tell her that he has been found innocent by the Senate. Contareno now arrives and tries to make Bianca give up Falliero. She is about to submit to him as a loving daughter when Capellio and the others point out to him how cruelly he is behaving. Contareno concedes defeat, and, to the joy of all-present, consents to the marriage of Bianca and Falliero.

 


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