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Bruce Ford, Mirco Palazzi, Marco Vinco, Elizabeth Futral, Manuela Custer, Antonino Siragusa, Ashley Catling, Mathias Hausmann, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Conductor Maurizio Benini
|This is the first absolutely complete recording of the opera. Impeccably cast, the two imposible tenor parts are sung here by the Rossini experts Bruce Ford (Antenore) and Antonino Siragusa (Ilo). The acclaimed American soprano Elizabeth Futral (Zelmira) and the gifted young Italian mezzo-soprano Manuela Custer (Emma), along with two newcomers, the basses Mirco Palazzi (Leucippo) and Marco Vinco (Polidoro) complete the distinguished line up. Zelmira was the last opera Rossini wrote for the Teatro San Carlo and it succeeds in maintaining a constant, consistent level of musical excellence. It is an opera in which we are likely to find ourselves challenged and delighted by the unexpected. It was described by the Italian critic Luigi Bellingardi after the 1989 performance in Rome as "a forgotten masterpiece, with page after pageof beautifiul melodies matched to inventive harmony and skilled vocal and orchestral writing." This recording will help gain Zelmira the recognition it deserves one of the most dramatic and carefully written of all Rossinis operas.|