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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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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; Ermione; Gaetano Donizetti: Ugo conte di Parigi; Parisina; Saverio Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi; Virginia; Giovanni Pacini: Maria regina d'Inghilterra; Alessand...
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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OPR 248
Rossini: Songs
Rossini: Songs

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2010-01-12

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Quelques Riens pour album, for piano; Le sylvain ("Belles nymphes blondes"), for voice & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 3), QR v/1; Péchés de vieillesse,...
Performers: Bosworth, Nicholas; Brownlee, Lawrence; Delunsch, Mireille; Larmore, Jennifer; Martineau, Malcolm; Sherratt, Brindley; Wilde, Mark; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine

If a time-machine could take us back through the centuries, which musical occasion might we choose to attend? Surely a soiree at Rossini's Parisian home...continue...
Personnel: Robin Newton (programming).

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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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Weckerlin: La Laitière de Trianon / Joan Rodgers, Yann Beuron, Jeff Cohen
Weckerlin: La Laitière de Trianon / Joan Rodgers, Yann Beuron, Jeff Cohen

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2009-01-13

Works: Jean-Baptiste Wekerlin: La Laitière de Trianon (The Milkmaid of Trianon), operetta in 1 act
Performers: Beuron, Yann; Cohen, Jeffrey [Piano/Choir Director]; Rodgers, Joan

As with a previous issue in Opera Rara’s acclaimed Il Salotto series, which comprised Pauline Viardot's delightful chamber operetta Cendrillon, this release focuses on a...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; Wood, Roland [Baritone Vocal]
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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Thomas: La cour de Célimène / Litton, Claycomb, Miles, Rodgers, Droy, Philharmonia Orchestra
Thomas: La cour de Célimène / Litton, Claycomb, Miles, Rodgers, Droy, Philharmonia Orchestra

2 Super Audio CD / Opera Rara / 2008-07-08

Works: Ambroise Thomas: La Cour de Célimène, opera in 2 acts
Performers: Claycomb, Laura; Droy, Sébastien; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Rodgers, Joan
Conductors: Litton, Andrew
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Best known for his once-ubiquitous "Mignon" (1866), the output of Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896) is of late receiving renewed interest. Successful revivals of his ambitious "Hamlet"...continue...
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Rediscovered - Mayr: Opera Highlights / Parry, Severini, Kenny, Smythe, et al
Rediscovered - Mayr: Opera Highlights / Parry, Severini, Kenny, Smythe, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2008-07-08

Works: Simon Mayr: Elisa; Ginevra di Scozia, opera; L' amor coniugale, opera; Adelasia e Aleramo, opera; Elena, opera; Alonso e Cora, opera; Alfredo il Grande, opera; Fedra, opera; Medea in Corinto, opera
Performers: Barcellona, Daniela; Christie, Nan; Doghan, Philip; Dugdale, Sandra; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harrhy, Eiddwen; John, Kevin; Jones, Della; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Leggate, Robin [Tenor Vocal...
Conductors: Parry, David; Severini, Tiziano
Ensemble: ; Trieste Teatro Verdi Orchestra

Between 1794 and 1824, Bavarian-born Johann Simon Mayr (1763-1845) composed over sixty operas. Admired for his fusion of Italianate melody with Germanic harmony and instrumentation,...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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Pacini: Alessandro nell' Indie / Parry, Ford, Larmore, et al
Pacini: Alessandro nell' Indie / Parry, Ford, Larmore, et al

3 Super Audio CD / Opera Rara / 2008-02-12

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Alessandro Nell' Indie, opera
Performers: Beer, Susanne; Claycomb, Laura; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Larmore, Jennifer; Robinson, Dean; Wilde, Mark
Conductors: Parry, David

The 1824 Naples premiere of 'Alessandro nell’ Indie' established Giovanni Pacini (1796–1867) as one of the city's favorite composers. Using an existing libretto by Metastasio,...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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Entre Nous: Celebrating Offenbach
Entre Nous: Celebrating Offenbach

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2007-10-09

Works: Jacques Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann; Geneviève de Brabant, opera in 2, 3, & 5 act versions; La jolie parfumeuse, comic opera in 3 acts; Le pont des soupirs; Les braconniers, operetta in 3 a...
Performers: Berthon, Cassandre; Claycomb, Laura; Cognet, Andre; Felix, Loic; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Larmore, Jennifer; Le Brocq, Mark; Lee, Colin; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Montague, Diana; Sherman...
Conductors: Parry, David

Opera Rara's latest release features a glittering array of singing stars heard in a double helping of delightful rarities by Jacques Offenbach. In the course...continue...
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Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Benini, Giannattasio, et al
Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Benini, Giannattasio, et al

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2007-06-12

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago
Performers: Bardon, Patricia; Giannattasio, Carmen; Gleadow, Robert; Kunde, Gregory; Sassu, Francesca; Tarver, Kenneth; Wilde, Mark
Conductors: Benini, Maurizio
Ensemble: Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Rossini's La donna del lago was not only the first Italian opera to be based on a work by Sir Walter Scott (the narrative poem...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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Rossini: Adelaide de Borgogna / Carella, Cullagh, et al
Rossini: Adelaide de Borgogna / Carella, Cullagh, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2007-01-09

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (Ottone, re d'Italia), opera
Performers: Bottone, Rebecca; Catling, Ashley; Cullagh, Majella; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Larmore, Jennifer; Palazzi, Mirco; Wilde, Mark
Conductors: Carella, Giuliano
Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

"This new Opera Rara set is the one to own... Rossinian delights in the opera: Adelaide's scene in Act 1, her pyrotechnical duet with Ottone,...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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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 [Baritone Vocal]
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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Paer: Sofonisba (Highlights) / Guidarini, Larmore, et al
Paer: Sofonisba (Highlights) / Guidarini, Larmore, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-11-14

Works: Ferdinando Paër: Sofonisba, opera
Performers: Crowe, Lucy; Evans, Rebecca; Larmore, Jennifer; Lee, Colin; Nilon, Paul; Palazzi, Mirco
Conductors: Guidarini, Marco
Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra

"A delightful array of talent has been gathered by Opera Rara to essay excerpts from a rarely heard score. Paul Nilon, Jennifer Larmore, Rebecca Evans...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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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 [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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Meyerbeer: L'Esule di Granata (Highlights) / Carella, et al
Meyerbeer: L'Esule di Granata (Highlights) / Carella, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-03-14

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: L' Esule di Granata, opera (heroic melodrama) in 2 acts
Performers: Catling, Ashley; Claycomb, Laura; Custer, Manuela; Heley, John; Kelly, Paul Austin; Loveday, Martin; Palazzi, Mirco; Sherratt, Brindley
Conductors: Carella, Giuliano
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

"This package is a deluxe, as always. A full libretto is included, along with superb notes by Geroge Loomis that tell you everything that you...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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Mozart - The Supreme Decorator / Mackerras, Hanover Band
Mozart - The Supreme Decorator / Mackerras, Hanover Band

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2006-01-10

Works: Johann Christian Bach: Adriano in Siria, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G6 (T. 211/1); La clemenza di Scipione, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G10 (T. 229) (incomplete); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Alcandro, lo c...
Performers: Cullagh, Majella; Futral, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Montague, Diana
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Hanover Band

"Sir Charles not only conducts the Hanover Band with greatest affection that is repaid by the musicians, but has also written enthusiastic notes placing all...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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Donizetti: Elvida / Allemandi, Massis, et al
Donizetti: Elvida / Allemandi, Massis, et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2005-05-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Elvida, opera
Performers: Catling, Ashley; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Gibbons, Anne-Marie; Larmore, Jennifer; Massis, Annick; Spagnoli, Pietro
Conductors: Allemandi, Antonello
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

'Elvida' is one of the most intriguing titles in the Donizetti canon - a one-act melodrama - which was very unusual for this period. Donizetti...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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Ricci: La Prigione di Edinburgo / Bellini, Robinson,et al
Ricci: La Prigione di Edinburgo / Bellini, Robinson,et al

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2004-06-01

Works: Federico Ricci: La prigione di Edimburgo, opera
Performers: Focile, Nuccia; Lee, Colin; Lipinski, Rebecca von; Purves, Christopher; Robinson, Dean; Rossi, Nicola; Scano, Elisabetta
Conductors: Bellini, Gabriele
Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra

Opera Rara continues its Esential Opera Rara series with Federico Ricci's 'La Prigione di Edemburgo'. Immensely popular in its day, this opera had two hits...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 [Vocals]; Glossop, Peter; Greager, Richard; Heath, Roger; Hunter, Rita; Lloyd, Prudence; Plessis, Christian du; Robarts, Jonathon; Slade, Sue; Toml...
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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Il Salotto Vol 5 - La Rimembranza / Larmore, Custer, Ford
Il Salotto Vol 5 - La Rimembranza / Larmore, Custer, Ford

1 CD / Opera Rara / 2003-01-01

Works: Vincenzo Gabussi: La rimembranza, duet for 2 voices & piano (from Sei duettini); I pescatori, for 2 singers & piano (from Sei duettini); Carlos Gomes: Io ti vidi, song; Luigi Arditi: Trema, o vil!, ...
Performers: Cullagh, Majella; Custer, Manuela; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Harper, David; Larmore, Jennifer; Siragusa, Antonino; Smythe, Russell
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Rossini: Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra / Carella, Larmore
Rossini: Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra / Carella, Larmore

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2002-10-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra
Performers: Cullagh, Majella; Custer, Manuela; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Larmore, Jennifer; Lee, Colin; Siragusa, Antonino
Conductors: Carella, Giuliano
Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

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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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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, Renée; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Futral, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Giménez, Raúl [Tenor Vocals]; Haddock, Marcus; Har...
Conductors: Parry, David
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Rossini: Bianca e Falliero / Parry, Cullagh, London PO
Rossini: Bianca e Falliero / Parry, Cullagh, London PO

3 CD / Opera Rara / 2001-12-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Bianca e Falliero
Performers: Bailey, Simon; Banks, Barry; Cullagh, Majella; D'Arcangelo, Ildebrando; Davies, Ryland; Larmore, Jennifer; Natoli, Dominic
Conductors: Parry, David

'Bianca e Falliero' is one of Rossini's most sumptuous and ornate operas. It tells of Bianca's (Majella Cullagh) love for Falliero (Jennifer Larmore) and Bianca's...continue...
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