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Your chance to hear Berthold Goldschmidt’s Beatrice Cenci

July 20, 2018 by norman lebrecht

5 comments.


British opera houses won’t put it on.

But we’ve got the broadcast from Bregenz.

Click here  (starts at 19.35).


Comments (5)

  1. mr oakmountain says:

    This ORF link will only work for 5 more days. Enjoy while you can.

    1. Michael B. says:

      Sony released a recording some years ago. It is still readily available on Amazon.

  2. Lilas Pastia says:

    I was there on Wednesday, and was very satisfied. The production was good. Of course some Regietheater stupidty (people in renaissance costumes sporting modern pistols), Tosca act 3 played on a wind-up gramophone before the music of act 3 proper started, but the opera worked very well both musically and dramatically, and is well worth staging. It is a compact opera, about two hours of running time (excluding the interval), which should make it even more attractive to modern opera houses.

    Gal james was masterly dramatically, but a bit shrill to my taste. The best performer in my opinion was Christoph Pohl as Francesco Cenci – probably the least likable villain in all opera. Pohl played him very slickly, and sang beautifully, which made him even more evil.

  3. urania says:

    Well I do not agree – do not see the opera go on to many houses. The critics have been ap. 70% not so enchanted. I was there too. The libretto and music quite boring. Though I guess that Mr. Debus should have got out more of the score.

    1. Mike Schachter says:

      It is one of those stories where the opera will appear understated. Like English Jacobean drama based on Italian events, usually far more extreme than anything on stage.


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