another tancredi i like

i did hear about this Tancredi before i discovered Vesselina Kasarova. back when i just discovered Vivica Genaux, I was scouring the internet for her white shirt recordings. first there was the elusive “i capuleti e i montecchi” which took me 1 year to find (and in the process i discovered this clip with Kasarova and Aliberti from Dresden). Then there’re snippet1 and snippet2 of her role debut of Tancredi in Vienna in 2009 upon which i discover this greaaaat opera. I reallllly like Tancredi, and wouldn’t say that i own all the recordings of it, but at least 3 so far. though i must say since i only listen to them, i vaguely know the story, and can’t even figure out which one is the happy or sad ending… nevertheless, the music alone is sufficient for now.
So, i just recently discovered that if you catch a clip on youtube with great sound, that means there was a radio recording captured somewhere! and voila, here’s the original Tancredi i was looking for.
Gioachino Rossini:
Melodramma eroico in two acts
Libretto: Gaetano Rossi
Tancredi — Vivica Genaux
Argirio — Colin Lee
Amenaide — Aleksandra Kurzak
Obrazzano — Konstantin Wolff
Isaura — Liora Grodnikaite
Roggiero — Ruby Hughes
Arnold Schönberg Chor (leader: Erwin Ortner)
Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: René Jacobs
Budapest, 2009-10-26, Franz Liszt Academy of Music
*Hungarian premier of the opera
coproduction with the Theater an der Wien

Rene Jacobs is amazing. i ADORE the orchestra, the tempo. The singers are superb (though i really prefer Melinda Paulsen as Isaura). Here’s the overture and opening chorus.

Onto Aleksandra Kurzak singing Amenaide’s entrance aria

Vivica Genaux sings Tancredi’s entrace aria

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