OP0486. Alina (Donizetti ), Live Performance, 1987, w. Antonello Allemandi Cond. Parma Teatro Regio Chorus & Arturo Toscanini Orchestra ; Daniela Dessi, Rockwell Blake, Paolo Coni, Adelisa Tabiadon, Andrea Martin, etc. (Italy) 2-Nuova Era 033.6701, Slipcase Edition w.Elaborate 55pp. Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, final ever-so-slightly used copy!
“Composed in 1828 and later revised, ALINA is a delight. Written for the amazing tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini and his wife Serafina, it was well received, but Donizetti revised in 1833 for Rome, and in 1841 it was played 21 times at La Scala, Milan.
Alina has a perky opening aria, a fine buffo duet for Belfiore and Volmar, a complex quartet, and a terrific finale in Act 1; Act 2 features a pair of nice duets. Alina's final rondo is not Donizetti at his best, but it doesn't spoil the preceding fun.
Produced from a performance in 1987 in Ravenna, the live recording captures soprano Daniela Dessi early in her career, long before she became a verismo soprano. She's in good voice, has spirit, and works well off the text. Rockwell Blake is Seide, sounding as if he wished the role were more florid and more difficult; he's terrific. Both Paolo Coni and Andrea Martin as Volmar and Belfiore are fluent in coloratura and are convincing. Adelisa Tabiadon is sprightly as Fiorina”
- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com