Alberto Veronesi enlists Domingo and Gheorghiu for Giordano’s Fedora on DG
Conductor Alberto Veronesi has recorded Girodano’s Fedora with Angela Gheorghiu in the title role as part of his ongoing exploration of lesser-known Italian verismo operas for Deutsche Grammophon.
Fedora, the sixth opera Veronesi
has conducted for DG in the series, re-unites him with Gheorghiu, with whom he recorded a live account of Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz in 2009, and Plácido Domingo, who has sung on four previous releases, including the first commercial recording of Leoncavallo’s I Medici; Le Nuit de mai, an album of songs and arias by the composer; Puccini’s Edgar; and Puccini Rediscovered, a collection of original editions and alternative versions of famous arias.
The three-act Fedora – an adaptation of Victorien Sardou’s play of
the same name originally written for the celebrated fin de siècle
actress Sarah Bernhardt – recounts the story of Princess Fedora Romazov, a wealthy widow whose misguided attempt to avenge her adulterous fiancé’s murder ends in her own demise. The cast list also includes soprano Nino Machaidze and baritone Fabio Maria Capitanucci, with Veronesi conducting the Orchestre symphonique et Chœurs de la Monnaie.
Veronesi is music director designate of the Opera Orchestra of New York (a post he takes up this year) and, in his native Italy, music director of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, artistic director of the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and music director
of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana.
Already available internationally, Fedora is released in the U.S. on January 25.