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Cyrano de Bergerac (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 2 March 2008 (Germany)
While best known today for having composed the ending to Puccini's unfinished Turandot, Franco Alfano wrote some dozen operas, including Cyrano de Bergerac (1936) with a libretto by Henri ... See full summary »

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Cyrano
Sondra Radvanovsky ...
Roxane
Arturo Chacón-Cruz ...
Christian
Rodney Gilfry ...
De Guiche
Patrick Fournillier ...
Himself - Conducted by
Corrado Carmelo Caruso ...
Ragueneau
Roberto Accurso ...
De Valvert
Javier Franco ...
Carbon
Nahuel di Pierro ...
Le Bret
Silvía Vázquez ...
Lise - A Nun
Miquel Solá ...
Lignère
Juan José Navarro ...
The Musketeer
Juan Felipe Durá ...
A Cook
Antonío Lozano Mora ...
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Antonío Gómez Cano ...
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While best known today for having composed the ending to Puccini's unfinished Turandot, Franco Alfano wrote some dozen operas, including Cyrano de Bergerac (1936) with a libretto by Henri Cain based on Edmond Rostand's drama of the same name. It is a moving tale of romantic misunderstanding, swashbuckling bravado and heartbreaking loyalty, in which the eloquent Cyrano feels unable to express his love for Roxane because of his famously protuberant nose--except on behalf of his handsome but inarticulate friend, Christian. When Domingo and Radvanovsky sang Cyrano and Roxane at New York's Metropolitan Opera, Andante magazine wrote: "Incredibly, Cyrano is his 121st role. And it suits him splendidly...Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky was luminous as Roxane, her passionate outbursts showing off her powerful upper register to good effect".

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It's not everyday that we see Domingo with a prosthetic nose...
20 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

The opera by Franco Alfano is one of those operas that I wasn't directly familiar with until very recently. And as an opera, when I finally did hear it, I really was quite taken with it.

The story is still charming, compelling and poignant, likewise with the characters, and while the music didn't entirely blow me away as a whole there are several sublime moments, particularly the final scene and Act 2 Scene 2.

This is an excellent production. The period setting is beautifully realised, with monumental sets and lavish costumes. The video directing is excellent too, the action is well staged and the orchestra and conductor bring out of the emotional crux of the score seamlessly.

The performances I can't fault either. The chorus are well balanced and pitched, and Arturo Chacon-Cruz is dashing as Christian. Sandra Radvanovsky is a spirited and mature Roxanne, and the wonderful Placido Domingo(with the inevitable prosthetic nose which doesn't affect his singing at all) is superb in the title role.

Overall, a most excellent production. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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