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Michael William Balfe (1808-1870): Satanella / Sally Silver, soprano; Elizabeth Sikora, mezzo-soprano; Kang Wang, tenor; Quentin Hayes, baritone; John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Audio Samples

  1. Balfe — Satanella: Preludio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: Introduction. Donor of This Lordly Fete $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: Thanks, Thanks, My Friends $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: My Heart Is Not My Own $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: My Lords, I Pray You Judge $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: Oh! Would She but Name $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: What Daring Mortal $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: When Fortune Frowns $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Balfe — Satanella, Act I: Myself Once More $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: Ah Me, How Wretched $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: An Angel Form in Dreams $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: Rovers, Rulers of the Sea $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: My Brave Companions $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: Ah! Me, Too Human Thou $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: Smile, Oh Heaven! $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: The Priest, Now Robed $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Balfe — Satanella, Act II: Up and Arm Ye, Every Brave $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Balfe — Satanella, Act III: Introduction. Upward from the Nether World $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Balfe — Satanella, Act III: A Fair Circassian $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Balfe — Satanella, Act III: Oh, Woe! Despair! $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Balfe — Satanella, Act III: Sultana Zulema $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Balfe — Satanella, Act III: No. Rival Shares a Throne $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Balfe — Satanella, Act IV: Haste, Lovers, Haste $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Balfe — Satanella, Act IV: No. Prize Can Fate $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Balfe — Satanella, Act IV: Dread Shadow, Speak $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Balfe — Satanella, Act IV: Oh, Tenderness Sublime $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Balfe, Michael : Satanella (The Power of Love), opera
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) composer 29 operas, and around 250 other pieces. He is best known for his opera The Bohemian Girl. Balfe's opera Satanella was his 23rd opera, and was premiered at Covent Garden in 1858. The work is a hybrid of classical opera tradition and stand-alone songs. This release is performed by the John Powell Singers, and the Victorian Opera Orchestra under the direction of Richard Bonynge.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2016
Satanella's stagey conventions and plonking couplets rather disconcertingly reveal what Gilbert and Sullivan were parodying. The only way to perform this is full-bloodedly. Richard Bonynge whips up his Victorian Opera Orchestra for this premiere recording. The capable young professional case includes Bonynge regular Sally Silver as a bright Satanella, promising lyric tenor Kang Wang as Rupert, with Christine Tocci a plangent Lelia.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Bonynge is unsurpassed in this repertoire; he keeps it zipping buoyantly along, effortlessly supporting his singers and clearly relishing every baleful horncall, rippling harp and languishing cello solo. His cast, too, feels near-ideal. The young Chinese-born tenor Kang Wang is a Rupert of considerable dash, and Sally Silver sings the title-role... with sweetness and sparkle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Urmston Grammer, Manchester, England (07/05/2014/07/06/2014).


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>Balfe, Michael : Satanella (The Power of Love), opera
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Victorian Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Urmston Grammer, Manchester, England (07/05/2014/07/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858