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Maestro Roberto Abbado leads a 1984 performance of Donizetti’s rarely-heard “opera seria” Sancia di Castiglia at the Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo. Premiered in Naples in 1832, it tells the story of Sancia, Queen of Castille, whose husband has been killed in battle. Sancia plans to marry the Saracen prince, Ircano, when her son Garzia, who was believed to be dead, appears and claims the throne for himself. The cast includes Antonella Bandelli, Adriana Cicogna, and Franco De Grandis. Sung in Italian with English and Italian subtitles. 110 minutes; Audio: PCM Stereo; Video: Color, NTSC (Playable all regions), 4:3
Sancia di Castiglia
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Pietro Salatini (rev. Rubino Profeta)
Sancia: Antonella Bandelli
Garzia: Adriana Cicogna
Ircano: Franco De Grandis
Rodrigo: Giuseppe Costanzo
Elvira: Doina Palade
Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Milan
Roberto Abbado, cond.
Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, October 2, 1984
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