- Majella Cullagh (Soprano)
- Manuela Custer (Mezzo Soprano)
- Bruce Ford (Tenor)
- Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
- Colin Lee (Tenor)
- Antonino Siragusa (Voice)
Notes & Reviews:
Marvellous ensembles beautifully performed on Opera Rara by a strong cast led by Jennifer Larmore.
Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Rossini wrote Elizabeth, Queen of England for the star-studded San Carlo Opera in Naples in 1815. The plot is a verse reduction of a halfremembered drama by an Italian advocate out of an entertaining but historically implausible English romance. Larmore makes a formidable Elizabeth; beautifully sung, her performance has presence, character, and a real sense of ingrained authority.0 The lovely cantabile duet for Elizabeth and Matilde at the start of Act 2 is sung to perfection by CaballT and Masterson on Philips' rival set but there's a greater depth of emotion, a grainier, gutsier feel to Larmore's performance with Majella Cullagh's equally characterful, if not at every point inch-perfect, Matilde. There's little to choose between Bruce Ford's Leicester and Carreras's for Philips - Carreras perhaps wins on points with a certain added youthful allure - but Opera Rara's Antonio Siragusa is a more compelling Norfolk than Ugo Benelli, who sings splendidly but without much menace... For first-time buyers, this is the set to go for.
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Works DetailsRossini, Gioachino : Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera
- Performers: Majella Cullagh (Soprano); Manuela Custer (Mezzo Soprano); Bruce Ford (Tenor); Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano); Colin Lee (Tenor); Antonino Siragusa (Voice)
- Conductor: Giuliano Carella
- Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
- Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1815