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.
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