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Verdi – I due Foscari

Giuseppe Verdi's early opera „I due Foscari“ was performed in a concert at the Prinzregententheater in Munich in November 2018 with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus under the conduction of Ivan Repušić. BR-KLASSIK released the recording of this performance on CD.

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I due Foscari
Opera in three acts (concertante version) by Giuseppe Verdi

Guanqun Yu soprano – Lucrezia
Bernadett Fodor mezzo-soprano – Pisana
Ivan Magrì tenor – Jacopo Foscari
István Horváth tenor – Barbarigo
Leo Nucci baritone – Francesco Foscari
Miklós Sebestyén bass-baritone – Loredano
Moon Yung Oh, tenor – Diener
Matthias Ettmayr, bass – Diener

Bavarian Radio Chorus
Director: Howard Arman

Munich Radio Orchestra
Ivan Repušić Conductor

2 CDs, BR-KLASSIK 900328


The Croatian conductor Ivan Repušić, who made his debut as Principal Conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester on September 24, 2017 with Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller, now presents a further and lesser-known masterpiece by the famous Italian opera composer. The concert performance of Verdi’s early stage work I due Foscari was recorded on November 25, 2018. Again, outstanding performers provide an authentic atmosphere and vocal magnificence, and no less a person than the multiple-award-winning Italian baritone Leo Nucci was successfully engaged for the role of the Doge of Venice. This highlight of the Munich music scene from late last year is now available from BR-KLASSIK as a double CD. he wrote for the renowned Teatro Argentina in Rome. He had already worked on the material of Lord Byron’s drama I due Foscari  for a previous commission from the Teatro La Fenice in Venice – where, in March 1844, his “Ernani” had been first performed. In the autumn of the same year, after a first subject had been rejected by the Roman censors, Verdi returned to the Foscari, and had the libretto written by Francesco Maria Piave. The latter had already provided the libretto for Ernani and would go on to write further, now-famous opera texts for the composer. Verdi’s score conveys the feel of the lagoon city with barcarole-like rhythms, and for the first time he also makes use of thematic reminiscences in his music. Although the opera’s premiere on November 3, 1844 was only moderately successful and Verdi would even distance himself from it later on, the work was still frequently performed up to the 1870s. It was rediscovered during the early 1950s, and since that time the opera has been a fixed part of the international opera repertoire.

At the concert performance (in the Italian original) in Munich’s Prinzregententheater, according to the music press, “People were delighted to realise that as long ago as 1844, a young Italian composer and his librettist had found a shocking subject from their country’s own history and had turned it into an opera that is only rarely performed today. The series of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester successfully revives underrated music-theatrical works by giving standard-setting performances of them – and here we have Giuseppe Verdi’s I due Foscari. […] In the midst of the turmoil preceding the revolution of 1848, Francesco Maria Piave and the 31-year-old Verdi highlighted a political intrigue that took place in the year 1457, during Venice’s heyday as a naval power.”(nmz) – Ivan Repušić conducts a genuine theatrical Verdi here: vital, robust, fiery and extremely lively.


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