Prima Classic has announced a new recording of Bellini’s “Il Pirata.”
The new recording stars Javier Camarena, Marina Rebeka, and Franco Vassallo performing the leading roles and was recorded at Bellini’s homeland, Catania, with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini, under the baton of Fabrizio Maria Carminati.
The new recording features an uncut edition including all the repetitions, original cadenzas and variations written by the singers, as well as the rarely performed finaletto.
In a statement Prima Classic, noted, “This relatively rarely performed opera stands out in the bel canto repertoire for its original musical resources applied by a young but undeniably genius Bellini, who was pushing the limits of the musical traditions of his time. Particularly original is the chorus of the Pirates with the echo effect: this genial page drew a clamorous success and was defined by a critic at La Scala ‘…a masterpiece of musical science.'”
“Il Pirata” is set to be released on CD on Sept. 24, with a digital version available on Nov. 19. The CD will include a fully bilingual Italian-English booklet and a complete libretto and an essay on “Il Pirata” by Bellini’s specialist Domenico Di Meo.