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Mercadante: I Normanni a Parigi [Highlights] / Judith Howarth, Barry Banks
Mercadante: I Normanni a Parigi [Highlights] / Judith Howarth, Barry Banks

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2011-07-12

Works: Saverio Mercadante: I Normanni a Parigi
Performers: Banks, Barry; Broadbent, Graeme; Hall, Aled; Howarth, Judith; Karnéus, Katarina; Novaro, Riccardo
Conductors: Stratford, Stuart
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Orchestra

Opera Rara continues to explore the fascinating figure of Saverio Mercadante with this world premiere recording of substantial highlights from I Normanni a Parigi, written...continue...
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2009)....continue...
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Celebrating 40 Years: Then and Now
Celebrating 40 Years: Then and Now

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2010-07-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera; Ermione, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: Ugo conte di Parigi, opera; Parisina d'Este; Saverio Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi; Virginia; Giovanni Pacini: Maria re...
Performers: Bezdüz, Bülent; Browne, Sandra; Einarsdottir, Thora [Vocals]; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Giannattasio, Carmen; Jones, Della; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Larmore, Jennifer; Lee, Colin; M...
Conductors: Parry, David; Francis, Alun; Judd, James; Benini, Maurizio

This disc, featuring some of Opera Rara's finest singers, is dedicated to Sir Peter Moores and the Peter Moores Foundation in recognition of their invaluable...continue...
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Mercadante: Virginia / Benini, Patterson, Antonucci, Clarke, Castronovo, et al
Mercadante: Virginia / Benini, Patterson, Antonucci, Clarke, Castronovo, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2009-03-10

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Virginia, opera
Performers: Antonucci, Stefano; Castronovo, Charles; Clarke, Paul Charles; Foster-Williams, Andrew; Le Brocq, Mark; Manley, Katherine; Patterson, Susan
Conductors: Benini, Maurizio
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Many 19th century Italian operatic composers had problems with censors. Verdi's disputes over Rigoletto notorious, but many other works by Rossini and Donizetti were rewritten...continue...
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Il Salotto Vol 11 - La Serenata / Ford, Montague, Harper
Il Salotto Vol 11 - La Serenata / Ford, Montague, Harper

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2008-01-08

Works: Ambroise Thomas: Le Soir; Ange et Mortel ("La nuit a parsemé son manteau d'étincelles"), duet for 2 voices; La serenata ("Tu d'amarmi un dì giurasti"), romanza for voice; Giovanni Paci...
Performers: Banks, Barry; Beer, Susanne; Bundgaard, Sine; Cullagh, Majella; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harper, David; Kelly, Paul Austin; Montague, Diana; Sampson, Richard; Stone, Mark [Baritone Vocal]; Vidal, E...

'La Serenata' is the eleventh volume of Opera Rara's acclaimed 'Il Salotto' series, exploring the more intimate world of the salon ("salotto," in Italian) and...continue...
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Mercadante: Maria Stuarda (highlights) / Allemandi, Howarth
Mercadante: Maria Stuarda (highlights) / Allemandi, Howarth

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2007-05-08

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts
Performers: Clark, James; Custer, Manuela; Howarth, Judith; Hunt, Gordon [Oboe]; Larmore, Jennifer; Lee, Colin; Putnins, Pauls
Conductors: Allemandi, Antonello
Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

"'Maria Stuarda' was written and produced in 1821 and though it disappeared from the repertory within four years, the contention is that, whatever the cause,...continue...
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Il Salotto Vol 9 - Ora Divina - The Sublime Hour
Il Salotto Vol 9 - Ora Divina - The Sublime Hour

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2007-01-09

Works: Angelo Mariani: Ad un fiume, romanza for voice & piano; La partenza, for voice & piano; Lord Burghersh: Sì fiero dolore, canone for 4 voices & piano; Fabio Campana: Clair de lune, mélodie f...
Performers: Banks, Barry; Beer, Susanne; Bundgaard, Sine; Cullagh, Majella; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harper, David; Kelly, Paul Austin; Montague, Diana; Stone, Mark [Baritone Vocal]; Vidal, Elizabeth; Wood, Ro...

Ora divina is the ninth volume of Opera Rara's acclaimed Il Salotto series. The songs featured on this disc explore the serious side of love....continue...
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Paventa Insano - Pacini, Mercadante / Parry, Cullagh, et al
Paventa Insano - Pacini, Mercadante / Parry, Cullagh, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-05-09

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Il Corsaro, opera; Stella di Napoli, opera; Il contestabile di Chester, opera; Cesare in Egitto, opera; Allan Cameron, opera; Saverio Mercadante: Elena da Feltre, opera; I Normanni a...
Performers: Cullagh, Majella; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Massis, Annick; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Polverelli, Laura; Tarver, Kenneth; Waddington, Henry; Wood, Roland [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Parry, David

Mercadante and Pacini were, in the first place, very close contemporaries, born only five months apart. Both composers, though they may have begun as imitators...continue...
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Vocal Teamwork - Rare Operatic Ensembles
Vocal Teamwork - Rare Operatic Ensembles

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-01-10

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Bianca e Falliero; Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera; William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera; Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah"; L' Esule di Granata, opera (heroic melo...
Performers: Andrew, Ludmilla; Bailey, Simon; Banks, Barry; Barcellona, Daniela; Bayley, Clive; Biccire, Patrizia; Blake, Rockwell; Claycomb, Laura; Collins, Kenneth; Cook, Deborah; Cullagh, Majella; Custer, Manu...
Conductors: Parry, David; Judd, James; Carella, Giuliano; Matheson, John

We have here many different kinds of ensemble, starting with the elaborate formality of the duet from Rossinis Bianca e Falliero and concluding with the...continue...
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Bravura Diva / Jennifer Larmore
Bravura Diva / Jennifer Larmore

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2005-08-09

Works: Michael Costa: Eloisa, scena for voice & orchestra; Gioachino Rossini: Bianca e Falliero; Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera; Saverio Mercadante: Andronico, opera; Luigi Arditi: Il desìo, b...
Performers: Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harper, David; Larmore, Jennifer
Conductors: Allemandi, Antonello; Parry, David; Carella, Giuliano
Ensemble: ; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"It's about time Jennifer Larmore got a razzle-dazzle solo aria album from Opera Rara. After all, she's lent her bel canto expertise to their recordings...continue...
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Mercadante: Emma d'Antiochia / Parry, Miricioiu, et al
Mercadante: Emma d'Antiochia / Parry, Miricioiu, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2004-08-01

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Emma d' Antiochia, opera
Performers: Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Lee, Colin; Lipinski, Rebecca von; Miricioiu, Nelly; Nocentini, Maria Costanza; Servile, Roberto
Conductors: Parry, David

'Emma d'Antiochia' is a great vehicle for a prima donna who understands Romantic Italian Opera and on this recording, Nelly Miricioiu rises to the challenge...continue...
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Mercadante Rediscovered / Parry, Miricioiu, Ford, et al
Mercadante Rediscovered / Parry, Miricioiu, Ford, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2003-11-01

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Fantasia concertante for flutes & orchestra on themes from "Orazi e Curiazi"; Emma d' Antiochia, opera; Les Soirées Italiennes, opera; Virginia, opera; Zaira; Gabriella di Ve...
Performers: Cullagh, Majella; Daniels, Claire; Daymond, Karl; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Haddock, Marcus; Harper, David; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Lee, Colin; Matteuzzi, William; Michaels-Moore, Anthony; M...
Conductors: Parry, David

"[These] performances are first-rate, and this makes for an excellent introduction to the music of Mercadante." - Parsons, ARG...continue...
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Sogno talor... Special Collection Celebrating 25 Years
Sogno talor... Special Collection Celebrating 25 Years

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2003-09-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda; Rosmonda d'Inghilterra; Emilia di Liverpool; Roberto Devereux; Maria Padilla; Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth; Parisina d'Este; Giovanni Pacini: Carlo di Borgog...
Performers: Banks, Barry; Benelli, Ugo; Brecknock, John; Bros, Jose; Bruscantini, Sesto; Caley, Ian; Christie, Nan; Cook, Deborah; Cullagh, Majella; D'Arcangelo, Ildebrando; Dolton, Geoffrey; Dugdale, Sandra; Fa...
Conductors: Parry, David; Carella, Giuliano; Benini, Maurizio; Francis, Alun; Judd, James
Ensemble: ; London Mozart Players; London Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The double CD set is in the form of a two-act Grand Opera Gala, with an overture, choruses, arias, ensembles and extravagant finales. A total...continue...
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Mercadante: Zaira / Parry, Miles, Cullagh, Ford, et al
Mercadante: Zaira / Parry, Miles, Cullagh, Ford, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2003-05-01

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Zaira
Performers: Cullagh, Majella; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Lee, Colin; Magee, Garry; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Wild, Claire
Conductors: Parry, David

"There is a boldness and confidence to Mercadante's music that is reminiscent of early Verdi. Rhythmic vitality is much in evidence, coupled with melodic elan....continue...
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Tyrants and Lovers / Parry, Miricioiu, Larmore, Ford, et al
Tyrants and Lovers / Parry, Miricioiu, Larmore, Ford, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2002-08-01

Works: Simon Mayr: L' amor coniugale, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: Zoraide di Granata, opera; Pia de' Tolomei, opera; Buondelmonte, opera (2nd vers., Maria Stuarda); Rosmonda d'Inghilterra; Torquato Tasso, ope...
Performers: Blake, Rockwell; Cicogna, Adriana; Cullagh, Majella; D'Arcangelo, Ildebrando; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Fulgoni, Sarah; Futral, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Glanville, Mark; Hargraves, Matthew; Harrh...
Conductors: Parry, David

"Mostly this is a compilation of extracts from Opera Rara's catalogue of early 19th century exotica, but three new items are all worth seeking out....continue...
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Duets to Die For - Larmore, Fleming, Miricioiu, et al
Duets to Die For - Larmore, Fleming, Miricioiu, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2002-02-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra; Zoraide di Granata, opera; Anna Bolena; Simon Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia, opera; Medea in Corinto, opera; Vincenzo Lavigna: Hoango; Gioachino Rossini: Otello, ...
Performers: Blake, Rockwell; Cullagh, Majella; Eaglen, Jane; Fleming, Renée; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Futral, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Giménez, Raúl [Tenor Vocals]; Haddock, Marcus; Har...
Conductors: Parry, David
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Bel Canto Portrait / Nelly Miricioiu
Bel Canto Portrait / Nelly Miricioiu

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2001-08-01

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Emma d' Antiochia, opera; Michael Costa: L' assedio di Corinto, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario, opera; Parisina d'Este
Performers: Coote, Alice; D'Arcangelo, Ildebrando; Holland, Ashley; Janes, Fiona; Miricioiu, Nelly; Natoli, Dominic; Plazas, Mary; Wood, Roland [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Parry, David

"Opera Rara has long been in a class of its own in promoting neglected bel canto repertoire... it here presents a clutch of operatic scenes-...continue...
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Beautiful Image - Mosca, Rossini, et al / Diana Montague
Beautiful Image - Mosca, Rossini, et al / Diana Montague

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2000-05-10

Works: Giuseppe Mosca: Le bestie in uomini, opera; Gioachino Rossini: Ah, per pietà, t'arresta!, duet for 2 sopranos & orchestra (insertion number for G. Nicolini's Quint; L' inganno felice, opera; Gia...
Performers: Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Lewis, Keith; Montague, Diana
Conductors: Parry, David

"Rarities there certainly are here...all featuring Diana Montague prominently. But the gem is a newly released item...[by] Julius Benedict. With its early-Romantic sensibility it makes...continue...
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The Opera Rara Collection Vol 2
The Opera Rara Collection Vol 2

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2000-05-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera; Mosè in Egitto, opera; Otello, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: Zoraide di Granata, opera; L'assedio di Calais, opera; Gianni da Calais, opera; Alfredo ...
Performers: Antoniozzi, Alfonso; Banks, Barry; Biccire, Patrizia; Blake, Rockwell; Bruscantini, Sesto; Cullagh, Majella; D'Arcangelo, Ildebrando; Dolton, Geoffrey; Fleming, Renée; Focile, Nuccia; Ford, Br...
Conductors: Parry, David

The success of the first Opera Rara Collection created the demand for this second disc of highlights from their catalog of 19th century rarities. Once...continue...
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OPR 209
Il Salotto Vol 2 - La Potenza d'Amore / Miricioiu, et al
Il Salotto Vol 2 - La Potenza d'Amore / Miricioiu, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 1999-12-10

Works: Ferdinando Paër: La Gloria Al Massimo Degli Eroi, cantata; Giovanni Pacini: Triste Istoria, songs (4) for baritone (voice) & piano; La rampogna, romanza for voice & piano; Gioachino Rossini: Egl...
Performers: Black, Nigel; Cullagh, Majella; Drake, Susan; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harper, David; Magee, Garry; Matteuzzi, William; Miricioiu, Nelly; Shkosa, Enkelejda; Watkins, Paul [Cello, Conductor]

This is the second volume in Opera Rara's five-part series devoted to the neglected genre of salon music by 19th century composers. This volume presents...continue...
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OPR 208
Il Salotto Vol 1 - Mercadente: Les Soirées Italiennes
Il Salotto Vol 1 - Mercadente: Les Soirées Italiennes

1 CD / Opera Rara / 1999-07-10

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Les Soirées Italiennes, opera; Un pensiero sopra Sorrento for voice & piano; La preghiera for voice & piano; Tornan le fronde al bosco for voice & piano; A mia figlia for voi...
Performers: Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Magee, Garry; Matteuzzi, William; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Miricioiu, Nelly

This is the first volume in a series of five discs devoted to salon music of the 19th century. Most composers wrote songs to be...continue...
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Opera Rara Collection - 20 Selected Highlights
Opera Rara Collection - 20 Selected Highlights

1 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-09-10

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi; Virginia, opera; Il Salotto; Gaetano Donizetti: Gabriella di Vergy, opera; Rosmonda d'Inghilterra; Ugo conte di Parigi, opera; L'assedio di Calais, opera; Emilia ...
Performers: Andrew, Ludmilla; Arthur, Maurice; Browne, Sandra; Bruscantini, Sesto; Cook, Deborah; Davies, Joan; Eaglen, Jane; Fleming, Renée; Focile, Nuccia; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Gray, Lissa; Hargra...
Conductors: Parry, David; Francis, Alun; Judd, James
Ensemble: ; London Mozart Players; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

"Listening to the nearly 80 minutes of this disc was, for me, analogous to what I felt as a child entering a candy shop: Every...continue...
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Bruce Ford - Romantic Heroes / Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra
Bruce Ford - Romantic Heroes / Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra

1 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-08-10

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Carlo di Borgogna; Gaetano Donizetti: Alfredo il Grande, opera; Rosmonda d'Inghilterra; Giacomo Meyerbeer: Der Nordstern; Saverio Mercadante: Virginia, opera; Federico Ricci: Il mari...
Performers: Fleming, Renée; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Montague, Diana
Conductors: Parry, David

Opera Rara presents the first, long-awaited solo recital recording from American bel canto specialist Bruce Ford. So far, most of Ford's work with Opera Rara...continue...
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100 Years of Italian Opera 1810-1820
100 Years of Italian Opera 1810-1820

3 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-07-10

Works: Vincenzo Pucitta: La Vestale, opera; Pietro Generali: Adelina, opera; Gioachino Rossini: Ah, per pietà, t'arresta!, duet for 2 sopranos & orchestra (insertion number for G. Nicolini's Quint; Tor...
Performers: Best, Jonathan; Bickley, Susan; Bolton, Andrea; Bovino, Maria; Bromley, Phillip Guy; Cashmore, John; Doghan, Philip; Dolton, Geoffrey; Drake, Susan; Harrhy, Eiddwen; John, Kevin; Jones, Della; Kenny,...
Conductors: Parry, David

"As ever in these volumes the playing of the Philharmonia under David Parry is an utterly reliable source of strength, and the presentation is again...continue...
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100 Years of Italian Opera 1820-1830
100 Years of Italian Opera 1820-1830

3 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-07-01

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou; L' Esule di Granata, opera (heroic melodrama) in 2 acts; Simon Mayr: Fedra, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: Le nozze in villa, opera; La zingara, opera; Chiara e Sera...
Performers: Ambrogi, Antonio; Angeli, Signor de; Ansiglioni, Pietro; Ashman, David; Bassi, Nicola; Bastianelli, Cristoforo; Bayley, Clive; Belloc, Teresa; Benedetti, Michele; Bertozzi, Angela Maria Silvestri; Bi...
Conductors: Parry, David
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