Composers:  La Donna Serpente
Compositions: Casella
Performers:Teatro Regio Torino/Noseda
Catalogue Number:Naxos 2110631 (DVD), also Blu-ray

The approachable Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) was of the Italian post-verismo generation that included moderately successful opera composers like Respighi and Malipiero. Casella, however, was not a fan, despising Puccini and Wagner alike. La Donna Serpentewas his only venture into the genre, and despite some attractive music, reveals an operatic novice as far as dramatic matters are concerned.

Based on a Gozzi play – the same source material that Wagner used for Die Feen...