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Verdi: Stiffelio

Andrea Battistoni leads the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma in this performance of Verdi's opera recorded live in 2012. Cast members include Roberto Aronica, Yu Guanqun, Roberto Frontali and Gabriele Mangione.

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When the wife of a Protestant preacher is an adulterer, problems are inevitable from the outset of Verdi’s Stiffelio. Even today the finale seems astonishingly bold: superficially it deals with forgiveness and reconciliation, but the orchestral writing is in such striking contrast that Verdi appears to toll the death knell of the protagonists’ marriage.