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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...
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Ricci: Corrado D'Altamira - Highlights / Böer, Theodossiou, Korchak, et al
Ricci: Corrado D'Altamira - Highlights / Böer, Theodossiou, Korchak, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2009-06-09

Works: Federico Ricci: Corrado d'Altamura
Performers: Burggraaf, Cora; Foster-Williams, Andrew; Korchak, Dmitry; Roberts, Camilla; Taylor, Ann; Theodossiou, Dimitra; Westman, James; Wilde, Mark
Conductors: Böer, Roland

Frederico Ricci's Corrado d'Altamura is a dramma lirico that opened at La Scala in 1841. Set in 12th-century Sicily, the highly dramatic plot tells of...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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Bellini: La straniera / Parry, Ciofi, Shkosa, Hall, Schmunck, Stone, Wood, Broadbent, London PO, et al
Bellini: La straniera / Parry, Ciofi, Shkosa, Hall, Schmunck, Stone, Wood, Broadbent, London PO, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2008-10-14

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: La Straniera, opera
Performers: Broadbent, Graeme; Ciofi, Patrizia; Hall, Aled; Hardwick, Ian; Schmunck, Dario; Shkosa, Enkelejda; Stone, Mark [Baritone Vocal]; Wood, Roland
Conductors: Parry, David

Three of Bellini's operas - 'La Sonnambula' and 'Norma' (both 1831) and his last work, 'I Puritani' (1835) - remain classics of the bel canto...continue...
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Donizetti: Imelda de Lambertazzi / Elder, Cabell, et al
Donizetti: Imelda de Lambertazzi / Elder, Cabell, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2008-04-08

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Imelda de' Lambertazzi
Performers: Cabell, Nicole; Giordano, Massimo; Lester, Richard [Cello]; Lopardo, Frank; Pay, Antony [Clarinet]; Sherratt, Brindley; Westman, James
Conductors: Elder, Mark
Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

"Opera Rara have done it again. Just as the company produced the must-have opera recording of 2007 in 'Dom Sebastien', 'Imelda de' Lambertazzi' is guaranteed...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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Donizetti: Dom Sébastien / Elder, Kasarova, Filianoti, et al
Donizetti: Dom Sébastien / Elder, Kasarova, Filianoti, et al

4 CD / Opera Rara / 2007-05-08

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Dom Sébastien
Performers: Bernays, John; Caruso, Carmelo; Cliffe, Nigel; Filianoti, Giuseppe; Gleadow, Robert; Hickenbottom, Lee; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]; Kasarova, Vesselina; Keenlyside, Simon; Miles, Alastair [Bass Voca...
Conductors: Elder, Mark
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

"Donizetti considered Dom Sebastien, Roi de Portugal (1843), his final completed opera, written for the Paris Opera, to be his masterpiece, and in spite of...continue...
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Il Salotto Vol 10 - Pauline Viardot and Friends
Il Salotto Vol 10 - Pauline Viardot and Friends

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2007-05-08

Works: Spoken Word: Fanny Ardant discusses Pauline Viardot; Pauline Viardot: Zwei Rosen, for voice & piano; L'absence, for voice & piano; Berceuse, arranged for voice & piano from Chopin's Mazurka in C majo...
Performers: Antonacci, Anna Caterina [Soprano]; Chernov, Vladimir; Harper, David; Von Stade, Frederica [Mezzo-soprano vocals]; Watkin, David

This CD, including world premiere recordings of several Viardot songs, was recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall. Three singers, Frederica von Stade, Anna Caterina Antonacci...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, Elisabeth; Vidal, E...

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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Donizetti: Il diluvio universale / Carella, Palazzi, et al
Donizetti: Il diluvio universale / Carella, Palazzi, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-11-14

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Il diluvio universale, opera
Performers: Bailey, Simon; Cullagh, Majella; Custer, Manuela; Dimitrijevic, Ivana; Gibbons, Anne-Marie; Lee, Colin; Lungu, Irina; Palazzi, Mirco; Robinson, Dean; Wilde, Mark; Wood, Roland
Conductors: Carella, Giuliano
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

"Majella Cullagh's bright tone and sincere, forward delivery are just right for the put-upon-but-strong Sela, and she handles the coloratura passages as well as she...continue...
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Pacini Rediscovered / Massis, Larmore, Cullagh, et al
Pacini Rediscovered / Massis, Larmore, Cullagh, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-11-14

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Adelaide e Comingo, opera; Annetta e Lucindo, opera; Cesare in Egitto, opera; Temistocle, opera; Alessandro Nell' Indie, opera; Il contestabile di Chester, opera; Carlo di Borgogna; ...
Performers: Cashmore, John; Cullagh, Majella; Dolton, Geoffrey; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harrhy, Eiddwen; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Larmore, Jennifer; Massis, Annick; Matteuzzi, William; McCullough, Susa...
Conductors: Parry, David; Allemandi, Antonello

Giovanni Pacicni's first opera, 'Annetta e Lucindo' was produced in 1813, the year of Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri'; his last, 'Berta,' was produced in 1867,...continue...
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OPR 238
Verdi: Don Carlos / Matheson, Tremblay, Vilma, et al
Verdi: Don Carlos / Matheson, Tremblay, Vilma, et al

4 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-06-13

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos
Performers: Belcourt, Emile; Knight, Gillian; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Rouleau, Joseph; Savoie, Robert; Shovelton, Geoffrey; Tremblay, Edith; Turp, Andre; van Allan, Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Vilma, Mich...
Conductors: Matheson, John

With this release of 'Don Carlos,' generally acclaimed today as Verdi's noblest opera, Opera Rara completes its series of Verdi Originals - the five operas...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
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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Donizetti: Pia de' Tolomei / Parry, Cullagh, Custer, et al
Donizetti: Pia de' Tolomei / Parry, Cullagh, Custer, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-01-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Pia de' Tolomei, opera
Performers: Biccire, Patrizia; Cullagh, Majella; Custer, Manuela; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Palazzi, Mirco; Servile, Roberto; Turner, Christopher; Vinco, Marco; Wilde, Mark
Conductors: Parry, David
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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; Guglielmo Tell; Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah"; L' Esule di Granata, opera (heroic melodrama) in 2 acts; Margherita...
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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Verdi: La Forza del Destino / Matheson, Arroyo, et al
Verdi: La Forza del Destino / Matheson, Arroyo, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2005-08-09

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino
Performers: Arroyo, Martina; Bowen, Kenneth; Collins, Kenneth; Coster, Janet; Fieldsend, David; Garrard, Don; Glossop, Peter; Hammond-Stroud, Derek; Kennedy, Roderick [Bass Vocals]; O'Reilly, Philip; Truefitt, A...
Conductors: Matheson, John
Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
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Donizetti: Francesca di Foix / Allemandi, Massis, et al
Donizetti: Francesca di Foix / Allemandi, Massis, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2005-05-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Francesca di Foix, opera in one act
Performers: Antoniozzi, Alfonso; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Larmore, Jennifer; Massis, Annick; Spagnoli, Pietro
Conductors: Allemandi, Antonello
Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

"As Francesca, Annick Massis is luscious, her tone always glorious and used here good-humoredly, while she tosses off perfect trills and coloratura. Jennifer Larmore brings...continue...
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Verdi: Les Vêpres Siciliennes / Rossi, Brumaire, et al
Verdi: Les Vêpres Siciliennes / Rossi, Brumaire, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2005-01-11

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani
Performers: Baran, Ayhan; Bonhomme, Jean; Bowden, Pamela; Brumaire, Jacqueline; Dean, Stafford; Dickerson, Bernard; English, Gerald; Howlett, Neil; Rippon, Michael; Taylor, Neilson; Vocal], Nigel Rogers [Tenor
Conductors: Rossi, Mario; Lawrence, Ashley

This opera was composed for the Paris Opera to a libretto by Charles Duveryrier and Eugene Scribe, one of the greatest poets of the day....continue...
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Il Salotto Vol 7 - Primo Dolce Affano / Vidal, Harper, et al
Il Salotto Vol 7 - Primo Dolce Affano / Vidal, Harper, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2005-01-11

Works: Franz Liszt: Sonetto del Petrarca no 47 (Benedetto sia'l giorno; II), for piano (Années II/4), S. 161/4 (LW A55/; Sonetto del Petrarca no 104 (Pace non trovo; I) for piano (Tre sonetti no 1), S....
Performers: Claycomb, Laura; Custer, Manuela; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harper, David; Matteuzzi, William; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Servile, Roberto; Vidal, Elizabeth
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The Young Donizetti / Ford, Kenny, Montague, Parry, et al
The Young Donizetti / Ford, Kenny, Montague, Parry, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2004-10-12

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: L' ajo nell' imbarazzo, opera; Alfredo il Grande, opera; Il falegname di Livonia (Pietro il Grande), opera; Enrico di Borgogna, opera; Zoraida di Granata; Chiara e Serafina (Il pir...
Performers: Best, Jonathan; Bickley, Susan; Cullagh, Majella; Davies, Lynne; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Hargraves, Matthew; Harrhy, Eiddwen; John, Kevin; Jones, Della; Kelly, Paul Austin; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano ...
Conductors: Parry, David; Francis, Alun; Allemandi, Antonello

"With such outstanding 'bel canto' artists as Jennifer Larmore, Majella Cullagh, Yvonne Kenny, Della Jones, Bruce Ford, and conductor David Parry, one could hardly go...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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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Matheson, Bruscantini, Ligi, et al
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Matheson, Bruscantini, Ligi, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2004-05-01

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Performers: Bruscantini, Sesto; Elvin, William; Howell, Gwynne; Hudson, Paul; Ligi, Josella; Turp, Andre
Conductors: Matheson, John
Ensemble: BBC Singers

"The differences between the two versions are most striking in the first half of the opera. The 1857 'Boccanegra' has a short instrumental prelude where...continue...
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Il Salotto Vol 6 - La Partenza / Claycomb, Custer, et al
Il Salotto Vol 6 - La Partenza / Claycomb, Custer, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2004-01-01

Works: Michael Costa: Perche due cori insieme; Felice eta dell' oro', notturno (quintet); Lamento per Bellini, canzone; Count Antonio Belgiojoso: Il biglietto amoroso, canzonetta; Gaetano Donizetti: Inspira...
Performers: Claycomb, Laura; Custer, Manuela; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harper, David; Natoli, Dominic; Robinson, Dean; Rossi, Nicola; Servile, Roberto; Sherratt, Brindley

Most of the songs and ensembles in this sixth volume of Opera Rara's acclaimed 'Il Salotto' series are about love. Not so surprising in a...continue...
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Verdi: Macbeth / Matheson, Glossop, Hunter, Tomlinson, et al
Verdi: Macbeth / Matheson, Glossop, Hunter, Tomlinson, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2004-01-01

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
Performers: Andrew, Ludmilla; Collins, Kenneth; George, Michael; Glossop, Peter; Greager, Richard; Heath, Roger; Hunter, Rita; Lloyd, Prudence; Plessis, Christian du; Robarts, Jonathon; Slade, Sue; Tomlinson, Jo...
Conductors: Matheson, John
Ensemble: BBC Singers

"All praise to the BBC Singers who were on fine form in 1979 and to John Matheson conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra. But really the...continue...
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Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou / Parry, Massis, Ford, et al
Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou / Parry, Massis, Ford, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2003-11-01

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou
Performers: Barcellona, Daniela; Beer, Susanne; Bosworth, Nicholas; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Lee, Colin; Massis, Annick; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Previati, Fabio; Putnins, Pauls; Watkin, David; Wood, Rol...
Conductors: Parry, David

"As Margherita, soprano Annick Massis just keeps on going up and up. Daniela Barcellona offers grandeur of expression as Isaura, with Alastair Miles providing solid...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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Donizetti: Roberto Devereux / Benini, Miricioiu, Bros, et al
Donizetti: Roberto Devereux / Benini, Miricioiu, Bros, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2003-08-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Performers: Broadbent, Graeme; Bros, Jose; Frontiali, Roberto; Ganassi, Sonia; Leggate, Robin [Tenor Vocal]; Miricioiu, Nelly
Conductors: Benini, Maurizio
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

"The choral, comprimario, and orchestral work is on a high level, and Maestro Benini leads this uncut performance with tempos that seem just right for...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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Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia / Severini, Vidal, Barcellona, et al
Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia / Severini, Vidal, Barcellona, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2003-02-01

Works: Simon Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia, opera
Performers: Barcellona, Daniela; Grassi, Luca; Lazzara, Marco; Locatelli, Damiano; Orsolini, Aldo; Piunti, Giuseppina; Siragusa, Antonino; Vidal, Elizabeth
Conductors: Severini, Tiziano
Ensemble: Trieste Teatro Verdi Chorus

Giovanni Simone Mayr is remembered today as the teacher of Donizetti. He was one of the most respected composers in all of Italy. What is...continue...
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Meyerbeer in Italy / Ford, Kenny, Parry, London PO, et al
Meyerbeer in Italy / Ford, Kenny, Parry, London PO, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2002-10-01

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Il crociato in Egitto; Romilda e Costanza, opera (melodramma semiserio) in 2 acts; Emma di Resburgo, opera (heroic melodrama) in 2 acts; Margherita d'Anjou; L' Esule di Granata, op...
Performers: Benelli, Ugo; Bovino, Maria; Dolton, Geoffrey; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Jones, Della; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Kitchen, Linda; Mason, Anne; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Mills, Bronwen; Mon...
Conductors: Parry, David
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
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OPR 222
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: Zoraida di Granata; Pia de' Tolomei, opera; Buondelmonte, opera (2nd vers., Maria Stuarda); Rosmonda d'Inghilterra; Torquato Tasso, opera; Gio...
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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Pacini: Carlo di Borgogna / Parry, Larmore, Ford, et al
Pacini: Carlo di Borgogna / Parry, Larmore, Ford, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2002-05-01

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Carlo di Borgogna
Performers: Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Frontiali, Roberto; Futral, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Larmore, Jennifer; Magee, Garry; Natoli, Dominic; Williams, Helen [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Parry, David

"Pacini's music is often stirring, as befits an opera set against the background of Charles the Bold's expoits, and here David Parry conducts it with...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; Zoraida di Granata; Anna Bolena; Simon Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia, opera; Medea in Corinto, opera; Vincenzo Lavigna: Hoango; Gioachino Rossini: Otello; Ricciar...
Performers: Blake, Rockwell; Cullagh, Majella; Eaglen, Jane; Fleming, Renee; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Futral, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Gimenez, Raul [Tenor Vocals]; Haddock, Marcus; Harrhy, Eiddwen; Jones, ...
Conductors: Parry, David
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OPR 220
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
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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Ferme tes Yeux - Rossini, Adam, Pacini, et al / Matteuzzi
Ferme tes Yeux - Rossini, Adam, Pacini, et al / Matteuzzi

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2001-05-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Le Comte Ory; Il viaggio a Reims; Daniel-François-Esprit Auber: La muette de Portici; Michelle Carafa: Gabriella di Vergi, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: La figlia del reggimento; ...
Performers: Cullagh, Majella; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Matteuzzi, William; Scano, Elisabetta; Shkosa, Enkelejda; Wood, Roland
Conductors: Parry, David

William Matteuzzi is one of Italy's leading bel canto tenors and a specialist in the works of Rossini; his previous recordings for Opera Rara include...continue...
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OPR 216
Donizetti: La Romanzesca e l'uomo nero / David Parry, ASMF
Donizetti: La Romanzesca e l'uomo nero / David Parry, ASMF

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2000-11-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: La romanziera e l'uomo nero, opera
Performers: Antoniozzi, Alfonso; Bayley, Clive; Cicogna, Adriana; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Kelly, Paul Austin; Scano, Elisabetta; Spagnoli, Pietro
Conductors: Parry, David

Donizetti wrote nine one-act comedies and most of them have been given revivals in Europe and the U.S. in the last 50 years. They all...continue...
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OPR 19
Rossini Gala - Nelly Miricioiu / David Parry, et al
Rossini Gala - Nelly Miricioiu / David Parry, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2000-09-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra; Aureliano in Palmira; Bianca e Falliero; Zelmira; Mosè in Egitto, opera; Semiramide; Armida; Work(s)
Performers: Bailey, Simon; Banks, Barry; Biccire, Patrizia; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Magee, Garry; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Miricioiu, Nelly; Natoli, Dominic; Robinson, Dean; Shkosa, Enkelejda; Sotgiu, A...
Conductors: Parry, David
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OPR 211
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; Mosè in Egitto; Otello; Gaetano Donizetti: Zoraida di Granata; L'Assedio di Calais; Gianni da Calais, opera; Alfredo il Grande, opera; Maria di Rudenz; ...
Performers: Antoniozzi, Alfonso; Banks, Barry; Biccire, Patrizia; Blake, Rockwell; Bruscantini, Sesto; Cullagh, Majella; D'Arcangelo, Ildebrando; Dolton, Geoffrey; Fleming, Renee; Focile, Nuccia; Ford, Bruce [Te...
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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OPR 206
Donizetti: Maria de Rudenz / Parry, Miricioiu, Ford, et al
Donizetti: Maria de Rudenz / Parry, Miricioiu, Ford, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-10-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Maria di Rudenz
Performers: Brewer, Aline; Douglas, Nigel; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Hargraves, Matthew; McFarland, Robert; Miricioiu, Nelly; Nathan, Regina; Stenhouse, John
Conductors: Parry, David

Maria de Rudenz is one of the strangest and yet most interesting of Donizetti's operas. It is based on 'The Bloodstained Nun,' a gruesome melodrama...continue...
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OPR 16
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; Emilia di Live...
Performers: Andrew, Ludmilla; Arthur, Maurice; Browne, Sandra; Bruscantini, Sesto; Cook, Deborah; Davies, Joan; Eaglen, Jane; Fleming, Renee; Focile, Nuccia; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Gray, Lissa; Hargraves, Ma...
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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19th Century Heroines
19th Century Heroines

1 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-08-10

Works: Giuseppe Nicolini: I Baccanali di Roma; Giacomo Meyerbeer: Il crociato in Egitto; Gaetano Donizetti: Alahor in Granata, opera; Carlo Coccia: Rosmonda, opera; Marcos Antonio Portugal: La Morte di Semi...
Performers: Benelli, Ugo; Doghan, Philip; Jones, Della; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Kitchen, Linda; Meek, James; Montague, Diana; Platt, Ian; Smythe, Russell
Conductors: Parry, David
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OPR 201
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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Della Jones sings Donizetti / Parry, Philharmonia, Francis
Della Jones sings Donizetti / Parry, Philharmonia, Francis

1 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-07-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna, opera; Gabriella di Vergy, opera; Alfredo il Grande, opera; Francesca di Foix, opera in one act; Ugo conte di Parigi, opera; L'Assedio di Calais; Maria Padilla
Performers: Arthur, Maurice; Ashman, David; Caley, Ian; Focile, Nuccia; Goble, Theresa; Harrhy, Eiddwen; Jones, Della; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Kitchen, Linda; McBride, Brendan; Platt, Ian; Plessis, Chris...
Conductors: Parry, David; Francis, Alun
Ensemble: ; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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OPR 203
Donizetti: Emilia di Liverpool / Parry, Kenny, Merritt et al
Donizetti: Emilia di Liverpool / Parry, Kenny, Merritt et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-07-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Emilia di Liverpool; L'eremitaggio di Liverpool, opera (revision of Emilia di Liverpool)
Performers: Bruscantini, Sesto; Dolton, Geoffrey; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Mason, Anne; Mills, Bronwen; Thornton-Holmes, Christopher; Vocal], Chris Merritt [Tenor
Conductors: Parry, David
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Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi / Parry, Miricioiu, et al
Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi / Parry, Miricioiu, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-07-01

Works: Saverio Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi
Performers: Jerome, Marcus; Michaels-Moore, Anthony; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Miricioiu, Nelly; Nilon, Paul; Rhys-Davies, Jennifer
Conductors: Parry, David
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OPR 12
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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Donizetti. L'assedio Di Calais. C.du Plessis. D.jones. N.foc
Donizetti. L'assedio Di Calais. C.du Plessis. D.jones. N.foc

2 CD / Opera Rara / 1998-07-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: L'assedio di Calais, opera
Performers: Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]; Focile, Nuccia; Glanville, Mark; Harrhy, Eiddwen; Jones, Della; Nilon, Paul; Platt, Ian; Plessis, Christian du; Serbo, Rico; Smythe, Russell; Treleaven, John
Conductors: Parry, David
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