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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

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