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Rossini: Semiramide

Sir Mark Elder

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Semiramide, based on a play by Voltaire about an ancient Assyrian queen, was Rossini's last Italian opera. Some five hours long in performance, it has always been subject to cuts from producers worried that it was a butt-breaker, but Rossini insisted that it be performed as written. He was right: its massive two acts have a logic and flow that do not flag. Despite its size and difficulty (check the hefty list of sponsors and patrons in the booklet), the opera is being revived increasingly often. The work has been called the last Baroque opera, with its tragic plot from antiquity encrusted with glittering, highly ornamented arias, and you might suppose that a performance stands or falls with the singers. This version certainly offers strong ones, including the superb pair of sopranos Albina Shagimuratova in the title role and Daniela Barcellona in the travesti or cross-dressing role of the commander Arsace. The latter singer has long specialized in such roles, and one has the feeling that her performance here is a career culmination. Start sampling with her scene with Oroe, Act II, scene 4. But equally important is the work of conductor Sir Mark Elder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Even if it was clear by 1823 that the Enlightenment had not quite panned out, the orchestra sets the dimensions of the work right from the big overture, unusual in that it is built from melodies from the opera in the manner of a musical theater overture. Everything clicks here in a way that's rare for operas of any composer.

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1
Semiramide: Sinfonia
00:12:31

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

2
Semiramide, Act 1: "Sì, gran Nume, t'intesi" (Oroe)
00:03:05

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

3
Semiramide, Act 1: "Belo si celebri, Belo s'onori" (Chorus)
00:03:29

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

4
Semiramide, Act 1: "Là dal Gange a te primiero" (Idreno, Assur, Oroe, Chorus)
00:06:16

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

5
Semiramide, Act 1: "Di plausi clamor giulivo echeggia" (Chorus)
00:02:14

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

6
Semiramide, Act 1: "Di tanti" (Oroe, Semiramide, Idreno, Assur)
00:04:01

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

7
Semiramide, Act 1: "Regina all'ara, e giura" (Assur, Semiramide, Idreno, Oroe, Chorus)
00:01:11

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

8
Semiramide, Act 1: "Ah! già il sacro foco è spento" (Semiramide, Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Chorus)
00:03:28

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

9
Semiramide, Act 1: "O tu de' Magi venerabil capo" (Semiramide, Oroe, Idreno, Assur)
00:03:47

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

10
Semiramide, Act 1: "Eccomi alfine in Babilonia" (Arsace)
00:05:26

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

11
Semiramide, Act 1: "Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento" (Arsace)
00:05:50

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

12
Semiramide, Act 1: "Ministri, al gran Pontefice annunziate" (Arsace, Oroe, Assur)
00:04:23

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

13
Semiramide, Act 1: "Bella imago degli Dei" (Arsace, Assur)
00:03:34

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

14
Semiramide, Act 1: "D'un tenero amore, costante, verace" (Arsace, Assur)
00:03:03

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

15
Semiramide, Act 1: "Io tremar? di te? m'avvio" (Arsace, Assur)
00:04:08

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

16
Semiramide, Act 1: "O me felice!" (Azema, Idreno)
00:01:46

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

17
Semiramide, Act 1: "Ah dov'è, dov'è il cimento" (Idreno)
00:03:54

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

18
Semiramide, Act 1: "E se ancor libero - E il tuo bel core" (Idreno)
00:03:58

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

19
Semiramide, Act 1: "Se non avesse e meritasse Arsace" (Azema)
00:00:21

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

20
Semiramide, Act 1: "Serena i vaghi rai" (Chorus, Semiramide)
00:06:22

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

21
Semiramide, Act 1: "Dolce pensiero" (Chorus, Semiramide)
00:02:54

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

22
Semiramide, Act 1: "Ne viene ancor!" (Semiramide, Mitrane, Arsace)
00:04:26

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - David Butt Philip, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

23
Semiramide, Act 1: "Serbami ognor sì fido il cor" (Semiramide, Arsace)
00:08:20

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

24
Semiramide, Act 1: "Oroe dal tempio nella reggia" (Assur, Oroe)
00:02:55

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

25
Semiramide, Act 1: "Ergi omai la fronte altera" (Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Azema, L'ombra di Nino)
00:05:28

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - James Platt, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

26
Semiramide, Act 1: "I vostri voti omai" (Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Azema, L'ombra di Nino)
00:01:05

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - James Platt, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

27
Semiramide, Act 1: "Giuri ognuno a' sommi dèi" (Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Azema, L'ombra di Nino)
00:05:34

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - James Platt, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

28
Semiramide, Act 1: "L'alto eroe, che dell'Assiria" (Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Azema, L'ombra di Nino)
00:04:15

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - James Platt, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

29
Semiramide, Act 1: "Qual mesto gemito" (Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Azema, L'ombra di Nino)
00:06:24

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - James Platt, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

30
Semiramide, Act 1: "D'un Semidio che adoro" (Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Azema, L'ombra di Nino)
00:04:09

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - James Platt, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

31
Semiramide, Act 1: "Ah! sconvolta nell'ordine eterno" (Idreno, Oroe, Assur, Azema, L'ombra di Nino)
00:03:14

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - James Platt, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

32
Semiramide, Act 2: "Alla reggia d'intorno cauto" (Mitrane, Semiramide, Assur)
00:04:49

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - David Butt Philip, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

33
Semiramide, Act 2: "Se la vita ancor t'è cara" (Semiramide, Assur)
00:04:01

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

34
Semiramide, Act 2: "Quella ricordati notte di morte" (Semiramide, Assur)
00:04:13

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

35
Semiramide, Act 2: "Ma implacabile di Nino" (Semiramide, Assur)
00:01:40

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

36
Semiramide, Act 2: "La forza primiera ripiglia il mio core" (Semiramide, Assur)
00:03:57

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

37
Semiramide, Act 2: "In questo augusto soggiorno arcano" (Chorus, Oroe)
00:05:42

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

38
Semiramide, Act 2: "Ebben, compiasi omai" (Arsace, Oroe)
00:02:59

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

39
Semiramide, Act 2: "In si barbara sciagura" (Arsace, Chorus, Oroe)
00:02:58

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

40
Semiramide, Act 2: "Su, ti scuoti, rammenta chi sei" (Arsace, Chorus, Oroe)
00:02:28

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

41
Semiramide, Act 2: "Al gran cimento t'affretta ardito" (Arsace, Chorus, Oroe)
00:03:24

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

42
Semiramide, Act 2: "Calmati, Principessa" (Mitrane, Azema, Idreno)
00:02:01

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - David Butt Philip, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

43
Semiramide, Act 2: "La speranza più soave" (Mitrane, Azema, Idreno)
00:02:02

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - David Butt Philip, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

44
Semiramide, Act 2: "Tu mia sposa, a questo seno" (Mitrane, Azema, Idreno)
00:05:18

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Barry Banks, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Susana Gaspar, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - David Butt Philip, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

45
Semiramide, Act 2: "No, non ti lascio" (Semiramide, Arsace)
00:03:27

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

46
Semiramide, Act 2: "Ebbene, a te, ferisci" (Semiramide, Arsace)
00:05:17

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

47
Semiramide, Act 2: "Giorno d'orrore! E di contento" (Semiramide, Arsace)
00:04:32

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

48
Semiramide, Act 2: "Madre, addio" (Semiramide, Arsace)
00:00:56

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

49
Semiramide, Act 2: "Tu serena intanto il ciglio" (Semiramide, Arsace)
00:03:19

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Daniela Barcellona, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

50
Semiramide, Act 2: "Il dì già cade" (Assur, Chorus)
00:04:42

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Gaetano Rossi, Poet - Mirco Palazzi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2018 Opera Rara ℗ 2018 Opera RARA

Album review

Semiramide, based on a play by Voltaire about an ancient Assyrian queen, was Rossini's last Italian opera. Some five hours long in performance, it has always been subject to cuts from producers worried that it was a butt-breaker, but Rossini insisted that it be performed as written. He was right: its massive two acts have a logic and flow that do not flag. Despite its size and difficulty (check the hefty list of sponsors and patrons in the booklet), the opera is being revived increasingly often. The work has been called the last Baroque opera, with its tragic plot from antiquity encrusted with glittering, highly ornamented arias, and you might suppose that a performance stands or falls with the singers. This version certainly offers strong ones, including the superb pair of sopranos Albina Shagimuratova in the title role and Daniela Barcellona in the travesti or cross-dressing role of the commander Arsace. The latter singer has long specialized in such roles, and one has the feeling that her performance here is a career culmination. Start sampling with her scene with Oroe, Act II, scene 4. But equally important is the work of conductor Sir Mark Elder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Even if it was clear by 1823 that the Enlightenment had not quite panned out, the orchestra sets the dimensions of the work right from the big overture, unusual in that it is built from melodies from the opera in the manner of a musical theater overture. Everything clicks here in a way that's rare for operas of any composer.

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