OP3112. SIBERIA (Giordano), Live Performance, 2003, w.Benzi Cond. Bratislava Ensemble; Francesco Scaini, Jeong Won-Lee, Vittorio Vitelli, Eufemia Tufano, etc. (Italy) 2-Dynamic 444, Slipcase Edition, w.Elaborate 70pp.Libretto-Brochure. Final ever-so-slightly used copy, Long out-of-print. - 8007144604448
“SIBERIA is an opera in three acts by Umberto Giordano from a libretto by Luigi Illica. There is no direct source for the plot of SIBERIA and it is quite possible that this is an original work by Illica. It was suggested at the New York premiere that it was based on Leo Tolstoy's novel Resurrection or one of the novels within it.
The première took place on 19 December 1903 at La Scala in Milan and was revised in 1927. The première was not successful, despite having an illustrious first-night cast (Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY had been cancelled and SIBERIA took the same vocal distribution so the singers were re-engaged for Giordano's opera), it received more praise in its opening in Genoa and then in Paris in May 1905. It was premièred in the USA, in New Orleans at the French Opera House on 31 January 1906. The composer Gabriel Fauré thought highly of the first act when he heard it in Paris in 1905 - ‘inspired by generous thinking and profound sensitivity’.”
- Hans Lick