Notes & Reviews:
Belisario is, quite simply, one of Donizetti's finest achievements. Dating from the high watermark of Donizetti's maturity, Belisario proved a triumph on stages throughout the 19th century. Yet, incredibly, it is little known today. The libretto tells the moving and typically complicated story of the sixth-century Byzantine general. Recorded in the studio with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, this two disc set is accompanied by a complete libretto with an English translation alongside an article and synopsis by the eminent 19th Century musical scholar, Jeremy Commons.
Sunday Times, 20th October 2013
Nicola Alaimo leads one of the finest casts Opera Rara has assembled for Donizetti. Joyce El-Khoury (Antonina) and Russell Thomas (Alamiro) are outstanding.
BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
This Opera Rara recording makes amends for [Belisario's] long neglect. That is above all thanks to the conducting of Mark Elder...He injects it with such energy and pathos that you are reminded of how the conductor can be the most important person when it comes to performing opera...Alaimo does the [title] part justice...[Thomas] lifts it all onto a higher plane.
MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014
The singing of Sicilian Nicola Alaimo is tower of strength in the eponymous title role...[El-Khoury] is a formidable talent whose open-toned voice allied to vocal sensitivity and characterisation is too rare these days...The BBC chorus are tremendous and Sir Mark Elder provides an ideal catalyst.
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (10/2012).
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Belisario, opera
- Conductor: Mark Elder
- Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1836