RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist

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RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist

Post by jserraglio » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:16 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Zedda
Alberto Zedda (2 January 1928 – 6 March 2017) was an Italian conductor and musicologist whose specialty was the 19th-century Italian repertoire.

Zedda studied in his native Milan with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini, and made his debut there as conductor in 1956, with The Barber of Seville. He was quickly invited to conduct at most of the opera houses of Italy and began an international career, appearing in Bordeaux, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, London, New York, etc. He was for a time musical director of the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca and later of the Pesaro Festival.

As a musicologist, he was responsible for the revision of numerous works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Verdi, and most notably Gioachino Rossini. He was, with Philip Gossett, responsible for the complete critical edition of the operas by Rossini and was a committee member of the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro, Italy. He was also renowned for his research on vocal ornamentation and his aim at authentic performing style.

Discography
Rossini – Tancredi – Ewa Podleś, Sumi Jo, Stanford Olsen, Pietro Spagnoli, Anna Maria di Micco, Lucrezia Lendi, Capella Brugensis, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense (Naxos, 1994)

Bellini – Beatrice di Tenda – Mariana Nicolesco, Stefania Toczyska, Vincenzo La Scola, Piero Cappuccilli, Prague Philarmonic Choir, Monte Carlo Orchestra (Sony, 1986)

Rossini – L'italiana in Algeri – Marianna Pizzolato, Lorenzo Regazzo, Lawrence Brownlee, Bruno de Simone, Virtuosi Brugensis, Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Cluj (Naxos, 2010)

Rossini – La gazza ladra – Maria José Moreno, Kenneth Tarver, Lorenzo Regazzo, Bruno Praticò, Virtuosi Brugensis, Classic Chamber Choir, Brno (Naxos, 2015)

Rossini – La Cenerentola – Joyce DiDonato, José Manuel Zapata, Bruno Praticò, Paolo Bordogna, SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserlautern (Naxos, 2004)

Rossini – La donna del lago – Sonia Ganassi, Maxim Mironov, Ferdinand von Bothmer, Marianna Pizzolato, Olga Peretyatko, SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserlautern (Naxos, 2004)

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Re: RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist

Post by jserraglio » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:48 am

obit: http://operawire.com/obituary-rossini-s ... way-at-89/

Famed Italian conductor Alberto Zedda passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the age of 89.
The conductor was born on Jan. 2, 1928. The conductor famously studied under Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini debuting in Milan in 1956. The opera of that occasion was Rossini’s “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia,” establishing him as a Rossini specialist for the balance of his career.
He would conduct all over the world including Bordeaux, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, London, New York and for a time he was the music director of the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca and the Pesaro Festival, which celebrates Rossini’s music.
He made a number of major recordings of Rossini operas including “Tancredi,” “L’Italiana in Algeri,” “La gazza ladra,” “La Cenerentola” and “La donna del lago.” His last recording was a solo album with soprano Olga Peretyatko called, as you might expect, “Rossini!”
Zedda was also a renowned musicologist who revised numerous works by Vivaldi, Bellini, Verdi, Handel, Donizetti, and of course, Rossini.
In collaboration with Philip Gossett, Zedda put together complete critical editions of Rossini’s works. He also became a committee member of the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro, Italy.
Zedda passed away, of all places, in Pesaro, the birthplace of Rossini.

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Re: RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist

Post by John F » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:18 am

The main difference Zedda made in my life is replacing the standard version of "Barber of Seville" with a critical edition restoring Rossini's original lighter orchestration. If the standard version was good enough for Toscanini, it's good enough for me, and the new/old one is less fun.
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Re: RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist

Post by jserraglio » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:58 am

Alberto was no Arturo. Neither is anybody else. Still, Zedda did a lot of good work conducting and editing lesser known works by Rossini and others and deserves to be celebrated for it, especially in death.

I have several of his opera recordings in my collection.

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Re: RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist

Post by Lance » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:37 am

I, too, have quite a few of his recordings, the Naxos operas, a Sony recital of arias with Olga Peretyatko, and an EMI recording of opera arias with Agnes Baltsa. I never really acquired recordings with him because of his conducting abilities, but rather for the artists with whom he recorded. That list is impressive. Also, he made many recordings of non-operatic works, piano concertos with Felicja Blumental in particular. One outstanding recording, too, is a Fonit Cetra CD [64] with the marvelous soprano Mariella Devia, live 1984, of Rossini's Adelaide di Borgogna.
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