Prima Classic‘s newest album Il Pirata is now available in retail stores.
This relatively rarely performed opera stands out in the bel canto repertoire for its original musical resources applied by a young but undeniably genius Bellini, who was pushing the limits of the musical traditions of his time. Particularly original is the chorus of the Pirates with the echo effect: this genial page drew a clamorous success and was defined by a critic at La Scala “…a masterpiece of musical science”. A mature Rossini told Bellini in a brief meeting they had in August 1829: “I have known in your operas that you begin where others have ended.”
New studio recording of the opera in its uncut version includes all the repetitions, original cadenzas and variations written by the singers, as well as the rarely performed finaletto.
Conductor – Fabrizio Maria Carminati
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania
Gualtiero (Il Pirata) – Javier Camarena
Imogene – Marina Rebeka
Ernesto – Franco Vassallo
Goffredo – Antonio Di Matteo
Itulbo – Gustavo De Gennaro
Adele – Sonia Fortunato
Produced by Anete Toča and Marina Rebeka
Executive Producers: Edgardo Vertanessian and Marina Rebeka
Recording, Editing, Mixing, and Mastering: Edgardo Vertanessian
Recording Assistant: Nicolás Gleria
Recorded at the Teatro Sangiorgi, Catania, Italy, in August and September 2020.