Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, Armando Piña, Carlos Chausson & Benjamin Bernheim
Marco Armiliato, conductor
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
“… the young French tenor Benjamin Bernheim was a particularly mellifluous Edmondo, the student poet who initially eggs on Des Grieux.” (Bachtrack)
The story of Romeo and Juliet, who pay for their passion with their lives, has been interpreted in the widest variety of literary and musical genres ever since the Renaissance. Vincenzo Bellini’s much too rarely staged Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, is far removed from Shakespeare’s version: rather than telling the story of a tenderly burgeoning love, the piece is an account of the last 24 hours in the two young people’s lives. The underlying mood of the piece is thus one of melancholy – which then develops into a catastrophic maelstrom. The première of the thrilling Zurich production of this bel canto gem, directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Fabio Luisi, was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. Experience world star Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of Romeo, with the young Ukrainia soprano Olga Kulchynska at her side as Giulietta, and acclaimed tenor Benjamin Bernheim as Tebaldo.
Fierrabras of 1823 is the last of Franz Schubert’s stage works. Rarely performed to this day, this heroic-romantic opera has now been staged for the first time ever at the Salzburg Festival by famous director Peter Stein. Based on an old French 12th-century epic, the plot depicts the military conflict between Christians and Moors at the time of Charlemagne as a backdrop to stories of love and friendship that prove to be stronger than war and hatred of otherness.
The strong cast includes Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, and Benjamin Bernheim. Under the energetic baton of lngo Metzmacher, the Vienna Philharmonic unfold the melos, the poetry, the sweetness and the dramatic force of Schuberts highly refined and atmospheric sound worlds (Kleine Zeitung) in highly romantic fashion.