Donizetti - Roberto Devereux (1994)

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Music : Influential : LosslessDonizetti: Roberto Devereux 2 CDs 62:25 67:20 DDD

Nightingale Classics NC070563-2 P1994 C1994

Recorded 19. — 23. 03. 1994., Palais de la Musique et des Congres, Strasbourg
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Choeurs de l'Opéra du Rhin, Friedrich Haider (cond.)

Edita Gruberova (Elisabetta), Delores Ziegler (Sara), Don Bernadini (Roberto), Ettore Kim (Nottingham), Benoit Boutet (Nobleman Cecil), Merih Kazbek (Sir Gualtiero Raleigh), Francois Richert (Un Paggio/Un Familiare)
Roberto Devereux (or Roberto Devereux, ossia Il conte di Essex [Robert Devereux, or the Earl of Essex]) is a tragedia lirica, or inauspicious opera, by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvatore Cammarano wrote the Italian libretto after François Ancelot«s blow Elisabeth d»Angleterre.

It is loosely based on the moving spirit of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, an leading colleague of Queen Consort Elizabeth's court. It is one of a integer of operas by Donizetti which sell with the Tudor term in English relation and allow for Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Il castello di Kenilworth.

Acting relation:

It was first performed on October 29, 1837 at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples.

Obscurity Inconspicuous:

The devise of Roberto Devereux was hardly initial and was liberally taken from Il Conte d«Essex by Felice Romani (1833). Romani»s widow charged Cammarano with purloining though the usage of peculation plots was very unrefined between compete with Italian opera houses.

Robert Devereux was the lay open of at least three French plays: Le Comte d«Essex by Pierre Corneille, Le Comte d»Essex by La Calprenede, and the well-spring of this opera Elisabeth d'Angleterre by François Ancelot.

There are many verifiable inaccuracies in the libretto but it makes for an but drama.


Though the opera is once in a dirty moon performed today, it contains some of Donizetti's best vocal book. The opera is raw and emotional; it is a strong mechanism for the soprano. Some of the highlights allow for the Act I duet between Elizabeth and Robert Nascondi, frena i palpiti. The terminating view is one of the most shocking and burdensome in bel canto opera. As Elizabeth is going mad with the demise of her lover, Quel sangue versato pushes ideal opera to the limits of melodic expression.


The item revolves around a liking quadrangle involving Elizabeth, Queen Consort of England; Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex; the Duke of Nottingham; and Sara, the Duchess of Nottingham. Robert and Sara had been lovers, but while Robert was fighting in Ireland, the Queen Consort calculated Sara to unify Nottingham. Elizabeth has given Robert a unusual phone to vouch for his sanctuary. The Queen Consort is in liking with Robert and is willing to erase his treachery to the throne of England if he pledges his liking to her. He is arrested with incriminating clue including a dirty scarf that belongs to Sara. Robert refuses to name his quietly lover. This enrages Elizabeth who orders him sent to the Fastness of London and executed.

Robert refuses to lay bare Sara and further enrages Elizabeth and Nottingham. While in the Fastness of London, Robert sends Sara his phone and tells her to beg Elizabeth for beneficence. Nottingham stops Sara and imprisons her to rule his on Robert.

Elizabeth is sorrowful about the until demise of her lover and wonders where Sara is. Once, Sara arrives disheveled and gives Elizabeth the phone. The Queen Consort in egotistical tries to layover the doing but then hears the cannons announcing Robert«s demise. She demands to know why Nottingham prevented this clue from being given to her and he says, «Blood I wanted, and blood I got!» Elizabeth is haunted by the headless of an animal carcass of Robert. She longs for her own demise and for James» accession to her throne. The opera ends with Elizabeth kissing Robert's phone to her lips.

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