The score to The Journey to Reims by Rossini is alternately called a dramma giocoso and a "scenic cantata." Either way, it's right at home in the theater, and contains some of the composer's most brilliant vocal writing. The commissioned coronation opera portrays a large, multi-national group of aristocrats and nobles, all gathered at a spa hotel to prepare for their trip to attend the coronation in Reims — where the real-life coronation of France's King Charles X actually took place.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents The Journey to Reims from the 2014 Rossini-in-Wildbad Festival, in Bad-Wildbad, Germany. The opera demands a first-rate, ensemble cast, and this production delivers one, including sopranos Sofia Mchedlisvili and Alessandra Marianelli, mezzo-soprano Laura Giordano, tenors Maxim Mironov and Bogdan Mihai, baritone Bruno Praticò, and bass Bruno De Simone.
Madame Cortese: Alessandra Marianelli (soprano)
Countess of Folleville: Sofia Mchedlisvili (soprano)
Corinna: Laura Giordano (soprano)
Marchise Melibea: Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo-soprano)
Count Libenskof: Maxim Mironov (tenor)
Chevalier Belfiore: Bogdan Mihai (tenor)
Lord Sydney: Mirko Palazzi (bass)
Don Alvaro: Mysketa Gezim (bass)
Baron Trombonok: Bruno Praticò (baritone)
Don Profondo: Bruno De Simone (bass)
Don Prudenzio: Baurzhan Anderzhanov
Poznan Bach Chorus
Antonio Fogliani, conductor