OP2116. PIGMALIONE (Donizetti), Live (Premiere) Performance, 13 Oct., 1960, w.Gatto Cond. Teatro Donizetti Ensemble di Bergamo; Doro Antonioli & Orlanna Santunione; Giuseppe di Stefano: Excerpts from L’Elisir d’Amore, 1957. (E.U.) Myto 00241. - 0801439902411
“The opera calls for only two singers and a small orchestra….Antonioli’s sweet voice, admirable diction and interpretation are a total delight. Santunione has a heavier voice that goes well with Antonioli’s. Gatto keeps the show lively….”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May / June, 2011
“IL PIGMALIONE (Pygmalion) is a scena lirica (lyric scene or opera) in one act by Gaetano Donizetti by an unknown librettist. It is Donizetti's first opera and was written between September and October 1816, when the composer was 19. It has been noted that although ‘musically slender, the score, nevertheless, reveals the fledgling composer's flair for melody’.
The libretto for Donizetti's opera was based on one by Antonio Simone Sografi for Giovanni Batiste Cimador's PIMMALIONE (1790), in turn based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau's PYGMALION and ultimately based on Book X of Ovid's METAMORPHOSES.
Donizetti's opera did not receive its premiere until 13 October 1960, when it was performed at the XVII Festival delle novità at the Teatro Donizetti in the composer’s home town of Bergamo, Italy. The performance was conducted by Armando Gatto, while the role of Pigmalione was performed by Doro Antonioli and that of Galatea by soprano Oriana Santunione.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron