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Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra

Gioachino Rossini

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Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra (1815) was the first of the nine Rossini Neapolitan operas written for Teatro San Carlo. The works Rossini composed were hailed (and have been ever since) as some... read more

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playstop01 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I: Sinfonia07:04
playstop02 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena I: Piu lieta, piu bella 02:31
playstop03 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena I: Cavatina: Oh voci funeste 04:08
playstop04 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena I: Recitative: Nel giubilo comun, signor, tu solo 02:03
playstop05 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena II: Esulta, Elisa, omai 01:33
playstop06 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena II: Aria: Quant'e grato all'alma mia 04:05
playstop07 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena II: Cabaletta: Questo cor ben lo comprende 03:26
playstop08 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena II: Recitative: Grandi del regno, e questo 01:19
playstop09 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena III: Vieni, o prode, e qui tergi i sudori 02:40
playstop10 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena III: Recitative: Alta Regina, invan 03:09
playstop11 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena IV: Duet: Incauta! che festi! 02:30
playstop12 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena IV: Duet: Che palpito io sento! 02:20
playstop13 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena IV: Recitative: Sconsigliata! - scena V: Tu, mio congiunto - scena VI: Andiam03:24
playstop14 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena VI: Aria: Sento un'interna voce 03:32
playstop15 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I scena VI: Cabaletta: Ah! se tolto un sol momento 03:55
playstop16 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena VII: Recitative: Infelice! pur troppo - scena VIII: Che intesi! - scena IX: Stolto!05:07
playstop17 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena X: scena: Colmo di duol, Regina 02:18
playstop18 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena X: Duet: Perche mai, destin crudele 03:01
playstop19 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena X: Largo: Misera! a quale stato 03:56
playstop20 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena X: Allegro: Quell'alma perfida 02:10
playstop21 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena XI: Recitative: Che fia? Smarrita in volto - scena XII: Guglielmo, ascolta 01:25
playstop22 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena XIII: Finale: Che penso, desolata Regina? ? - scena XIV: Matilde! 04:00
playstop23 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena XIV: Finale: Se mi serbasti il soglio 04:59
playstop24 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena XIV: Finale: Qual colpo inaspettato 03:52
playstop25 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I, Part II scena XIV: Finale: Duce, in tal guisa accogli - scena XV: Quegl'indegni 04:37
playstop26 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena I:Intro & Recitative: Perche tremi, o mio cor! - scena II:La Regina - scena III: Temerario!02:30
playstop27 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena IV: scena: Dov'e Matilde? - scena V: T'inoltra 04:18
playstop28 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena V: Duet: Pensa che sol per poco 03:14
playstop29 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena V: Andante: Non bastan quelle lagrime 03:30
playstop30 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena VI: Trio: Misero me! ? La sposa 01:25
playstop31 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena VI: Largo: L'avverso mio destino 03:10
playstop32 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena VI: Stretta: Ah! fra poco, in faccia a morte 02:17
playstop33 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena VII: Recitative: Pago sarai, cor mio? - scena VIII: Chiede Norfolk a te l'accesso - scena 901:53
playstop34 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena X: Qui soffermiamo il pie ? 04:17
playstop35 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XI: scena: Che intesi! ? 05:03
playstop36 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XI: Aria: Deh! troncate i ceppi suoi 05:06
playstop37 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XI: Cabaletta: Non ha core chi non sente 02:54
playstop38 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XII: scena: Della cieca fortuna un tristo esempio 04:18
playstop39 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XII: Aria: Sposa amata ? respira ? 03:34
playstop40 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XII: Stretta: Saziati, o sorte ingrata 02:37
playstop41 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XII: Recitative: E l'adorata sposa - scena XIII: Amico ? 02:41
playstop42 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XIII: Duet: Deh! scusa i trasporti! 04:25
playstop43 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XIV: Recitative: Tu, Regina! ? - scena XV: Mia sovrana ? 04:20
playstop44 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XV: Finale: Fellon, la pena avrai 03:01
playstop45 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XV: Aria: Bell'alme generose 03:44
playstop46 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XV: scena: Leicester! ? Leicester! ? 01:18
playstop47 Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act II scena XV: Stretta: Fuggi amor da questo seno 01:40

Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra (1815) was the first of the nine Rossini Neapolitan operas written for Teatro San Carlo. The works Rossini composed were hailed (and have been ever since) as some of the most remarkable ever to be composed for the lyric stage. Opera Rara has made a new performing edition from the autograph manuscript and, for the first time, Rossini’s opera has been recorded absolutely complete, with the original orchestration. As Queen Elizabeth, Jennifer Larmore takes command of her country and her audience with a portrayal, which is strong, yet avoids the stereotypical concept of Elizabeth associated with the films of Bette Davis. Larmore, with the splendid vocalism, makes Rossini’s florid vocal writing work for the character. The part of her rival Matilde has Majella Cullagh giving another of her limpid-voiced heroines. Antonino Siragusa makes his mark in the demanding tenor part of Norfolk while Bruce Ford as Leicester adds the ninth and last of the Neapolitan operas to his repertoire.

Booklet includes complete libretto with English translation.

'Marvellous ensembles beautifully performed by a strong cast led by Jennifer Larmore' - Penguin CD & DVD Guide

Jennifer Larmore (Elisabetta), Bruce Ford (Leicester), Majella Cullagh (Matilde), Antonino Siragusa (Norfolk), Manuela Custer (Enrico), Colin Lee (Guglielmo), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuliano Carella – conductor

ACT I.  SCENE ONE

At the court of Elizabeth I of England, all gather to celebrate the return of Leicester, the Queen's favourite, who has been victorious in a campaign against the Scots.  Only Norfolk, ostensibly Leicester's friend, stands apart, keeping his own counsel, jealous of the honours he sees heaped upon the man he in fact sees as his enemy and his rival.

 

Leicester brings with him a number of young Scottish noblemen whom he has taken as hostages, but even he is taken aback when he perceives in their midst, disguised in male attire, Matilde, the wife he has secretly married in Scotland, accompanied by her brother Enrico.  As soon as he has an opportunity of speaking to them alone, he upbraids Matilde for her temerity in venturing into the English court, for she and Enrico are the long-concealed children of Mary Queen of Scots, and stand in peril of their lives should Elizabeth learn their identity.

 

SCENE TWO

Leicester unwisely confides in Norfolk, the man he believes his friend, revealing the secret of Matilde's birth, and relating how he came to marry her.  A two-faced Norfolk promptly betrays the confidence placed in him, and informs the Queen both of Leicester's marriage and of the identity of his wife.

An irate but controlled Elizabeth summons Leicester and the Scottish hostages to her presence.  Deviously she begins by offering Leicester her hand in marriage, together with the crown and sceptre of England.  Only when he prevaricates, and is understandably covered with confusion, does she erupt in fury, confronting him with Matilde and Enrico.  Summoning her guards, she has Leicester led away to prison in one direction, Matilde and Enrico in another.

 

ACT II.  SCENE ONE

Norfolk, in a state of nervous apprehension, now sees his path open to securing the throne for himself, but to his dismay he finds himself denied audience with Elizabeth and ordered into exile.

 

Elizabeth, summoning Matilde to her presence, proposes that, if she wishes to save the lives of Leicester and Enrico, she should give up all her rights to Leicester's heart.  By tearful degrees Matilde submits, and signs a document of renunciation; but Leicester, who enters in time to witness and comprehend the situation, refuses to accept his wife's sacrifice and destroys the document.  A thwarted and angry Elizabeth reconsigns both to their cells.

 

SCENE TWO

            The citizens of London voice their sympathy for Leicester, and Norfolk, intent upon revenge, stirs them up, ostensibly in Leicester's defence, but really in rebellion against the Queen.

 

SCENE THREE

Norfolk visits Leicester in prison.  Denying that it was he who betrayed his friend's marriage to the Queen, he offers to set him at liberty, reunite him with Matilde, and place him at the head of the people.  Leicester recoils from this last proposal, realising that it is tantamount to treason.

 

Before Norfolk can tempt him further, the Queen enters through a secret door.  Norfolk has barely time to conceal himself in the shadows, from there to overhear Elizabeth offer his rival the means of escape.  Leicester refuses, pleading for generosity towards Matilde and Enrico, but declaring that, if he were to flee, the world would believe him guilty: a rebel to the crown.  In the course of their conversation Elizabeth reveals that it was Norfolk who betrayed him, and Leicester in turn tells of Norfolk's offer to place him at the head of the people.  Norfolk, realising that he is discredited for ever, draws his sword and throws himself upon Elizabeth, but Matilde and Enrico, whose prison has been opened and who have been standing in the background, overpower him, so saving the Queen's life. 

 

Elizabeth has Norfolk imprisoned, and in gratitude forgives Matilde and Enrico and reunites Matilde with Leicester.  As the citizens of London burst in, Leicester demands that they kneel in submission to their Queen, and she in turn declares that henceforth she will banish love from her thoughts and dedicate herself to the welfare of her kingdom.


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