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Celebrating 40 Years: Then and Now

Audio Samples

>Rossini, Gioachino : Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera
>     S'ella mi è ognor fedele - Qual sarà mai la gioia
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Ugo conte di Parigi, opera
>     Prova mi dai, lo sento
>Mercadante, Saverio : Orazi e Curiazi
>     Qual prece o voto - Di quai soavi palpiti
>Pacini, Giovanni : Maria regina d'Inghilterra
>     M'amò qual aman gli angeli
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah
>     O puissante magie
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Margherita d'Anjou
>     Che main giova il serto? - Incerto palpito
>Mercadante, Saverio : Virginia
>     Sulle materne ceneri
>Pacini, Giovanni : Alessandro nell'Indie
>     Se possono tanto
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Parisina d'Este
>     Forse un destin - Qual suon!
>Rossini, Gioachino : Ermione, opera
>     Reggia abborita - Ah! come nascondere
>Offenbach, Jacques : Vert-Vert
>     Fault-il en faire le serment
>Offenbach, Jacques : Robinson Crusoe
>     Waltz Song

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Ugo conte di Parigi, opera
>Mercadante, Saverio : Orazi e Curiazi
>Pacini, Giovanni : Maria regina d'Inghilterra
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Margherita d'Anjou
>Mercadante, Saverio : Virginia
>Pacini, Giovanni : Alessandro nell'Indie
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Parisina d'Este
>Rossini, Gioachino : Ermione, opera
>Offenbach, Jacques : Vert-Vert
>Offenbach, Jacques : Robinson Crusoe
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc, featuring some of Opera Rara's finest singers, is dedicated to Sir Peter Moores and the Peter Moores Foundation in recognition of their invaluable support over the years. Since its foundation four decades ago, Opera Rara has enriched the lives of generations of opera lovers and has altered perceptions through its dedication to exploring and reviving rare works from the Italian bel canto period and from the middle decades of the 19th-century French tradition. By far the majority of Opera Rara recordings have been world premiere recordings. In many cases, the work itself will have been rediscovered by Opera Rara after decades (and, in some cases, more than a century) of total neglect. Reviving such works requires patient and expert musicological endeavor to ensure that all sources are collated and compared, so that the best possible edition can be assembled, rehearsed and recorded. This compilation features excerpts from the works of the most significant composers who are at the heart of Opera Rara's output and are taken from the first Opera Rara recording by each composer and from the most recent. Opera Rara has tried to shine the spotlight on as many as possible of the greatest stars who have recorded for them over the years. This is a fascinating and delightful survey of the richness that is Opera Rara.



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Works Details

>Rossini, Gioachino : Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera :: S'ella mi è ognor fedele - Qual sarà mai la gioia
  • Performers: Paul Nilon (Tenor); Bruce Ford (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1818

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Ugo conte di Parigi, opera :: Prova mi dai, lo sento
  • Performer: Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mercadante, Saverio : Orazi e Curiazi :: Qual prece o voto - Di quai soavi palpiti
  • Performers: Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano); Jennifer Rhys-Davies (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Pacini, Giovanni : Maria regina d'Inghilterra :: M'amò qual aman gli angeli
  • Performer: Bruce Ford (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah :: O puissante magie
  • Performer: Christian Plessis (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Margherita d'Anjou :: Che main giova il serto? - Incerto palpito
  • Performer: Annick Massis (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mercadante, Saverio : Virginia :: Sulle materne ceneri
  • Performer: Susan Patterson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Maurizio Benini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Pacini, Giovanni : Alessandro nell'Indie :: Se possono tanto
  • Performer: Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1824

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Parisina d'Este :: Forse un destin - Qual suon!
  • Performers: Ann Taylor (Mezzo-Soprano); Carmen Giannattasio (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1833

>Rossini, Gioachino : Ermione, opera :: Reggia abborita - Ah! come nascondere
  • Performers: Bülent Bezdüz (Tenor); Colin Lee (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Offenbach, Jacques : Vert-Vert :: Fault-il en faire le serment
  • Performers: Toby Spence (Tenor); Thora Einarsdottir (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Robinson Crusoe :: Waltz Song
  • Performers: Alexander Oliver (Tenor); Sandra Browne (Mezzo Soprano); Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Marilyn Smith (Soprano); Alan Opie (Voice)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta