Nov 28, 2010

Evelino Pido: Otello / La Sonnambula - 2010

Otello ossia Il Moro di Venezia
Giaocchino Rossini

John Osborn : Otello
Anna Caterina Antonacci : Desdémone
Marco Vinco : Elmiro
Dmitry Korchak : Rodrigo
José Manuel Zapata : Iago

Orchestre et Chœurs de l'Opéra de Lyon
Evelino Pidò, conductor

Nov.7, 2010 - Concert version

La Sonnambula
Vincenzo Bellini

Michele Pertusi - Il Conte Rodolfo
Cornelia Oncioiu - Teresa
Natalie Dessay - Amina
Javier Camarena - Elvino

Orchestre et choeur de l'Opéra national de Paris
Evelino Pidò, conductor

Opéra National de Paris
Feb.15, 2010 - Mezzo broadcast

With time, it seems Evelino Pidò is loosing the only thing that once drove me to him in the bel canto repertory: legato. In both productions, both the casts, the orchestras and the chorus were instructed to forget about legato, and sadly but unsurprisingly, this kind of conduction does not serve well this kind of music.
So in my opinion, Pidò is the responsible for the failure of both interpretations.

A few words about Javier Camarena: weak voice, unable to manage the coloratura, childish and over the top stage presence.

As for the production of Otello, it was a cruel reminder of the paramount role of a conductor in the success or failure of any interpretation; the decent cast and the good job of the orchestra could not save the day and I was left with a bitter sense of disappointment over Pidò's conduction. Less jumping around and more focus on the inner rhythm of the music sure would have been a better way to handle Rossini's piece.

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