Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz (Blu-Ray) – Salome Jicia, Charles Castronovo
Composer: Pietro Mascagni
Artists: Salome Jicia, Charles Castronovo, Teresa Iervolino, Massimo Cavalletti, Dave Monaco, Francesco Samuele Venuti, Caterina Meldolesi, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Director: Rosetta Cucchi
Video Format: 1080i60
Audio Format: PCM Stereo 2.0 / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region: All Regions
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Korean, Japanese
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: February 17, 2023
Run Time: 103 minutes
Building on the success of Cavalleria rusticana, Pietro Mascagni’s commedia lirica L’amico Fritz was given seven encores and thirty-five curtain calls at its premiere in Rome in 1891. Considered by critics to be one of Mascagni’s best operas, the story is that of a love triangle involving the wealthy Fritz Kobus and Suzel, daughter of one of his tenants, who together sing the famous “Cherry Duet” in Act II.
Returning to the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence for the first time since 1941, this production was acclaimed for its superb cast and astonishingly effective modern setting.
BBC Music Magazine – May 2023
Charles Castronovo is an admirable Fritz. His last-act aria has great style, and for a moment you can believe this is a man who has fallen in love but is terrified of marriage. Salome Jicia’s Suzel is at her best vocally when she and Fritz declare their love.
3 out of 5 stars (Performance) / 4 out of 5 stars (Recording)
Gramophone Magazine – April 2023
Cucchi evokes a lively society, never overstated, of friendship and good cheer…Frizza controls the ebb and flow in masterly fashion. The whole thing is very nicely done.
The Telegraph – 6th April 2023
the whole thing zips along nicely under Riccardo Frizza’s direction, and the orchestral players relish Mascagni’s rich colours…this charming and brilliant opera is well worth revisiting.