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Margherita d’Anjou

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Margherita d’Anjou is the fourth of Meyerbeer’s six Italian operas. Although he is often accused of imitating Rossini, this engaging opera shows how Meyerbeer uses the musical conventions of... read more

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playstop01 Margherita d'Anjou: Sinfonia Militare06:30
playstop02 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena I: Coro: Quattro! Cinque! 05:43
playstop03 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena II: Cavatina: Miei fedeli, queste prove 02:10
playstop04 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena II: Cabaletta: O speme d'un regno, mio solo sostegno 02:07
playstop05 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena II: Coro: Ma qual suono da lunge si ascolta? 01:41
playstop06 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena II: Stretta: Il contento e il piacer di vittoria 02:11
playstop07 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena III: Recitative: Profittiam del tumulto ? - scena IV: Si signori ? 02:13
playstop08 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena V: Scena: Alfin respiro! I voti miei son paghi 02:13
playstop09 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena V: Andante: Ah! Tu non sai com' io l'adoro 04:42
playstop10 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena V: Allegretto: Questa speme che mi avanza 03:23
playstop11 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena V: Recitative: Insomma, mia signora 01:24
playstop12 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VI: Coro: Fra gli applausi e lieti evviva 02:11
playstop13 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VI: Scena: Regina, al nostro, oprar 02:30
playstop14 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VI: Cavatina: E riposta in questi accenti 01:57
playstop15 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VI: Andantino: Da cosi bell' impresa 04:34
playstop16 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VI: Allegro moderato: Per noi di gloria gia splende un raggio ? 02:30
playstop17 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VI: Recitative: Maesta, due Francesi 02:15
playstop18 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VII: Recitative: Non vi e riparo, e guinto alfine, e guinto 00:50
playstop19 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VII: Scena: Eccolo ? o caro sposo 03:02
playstop20 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VII: Andantino: Si mesto e pensoso 04:40
playstop21 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena VII: Allegro: Secondiam si dolce istinto - scena VIII: Buono, buono davvero ? 03:10
playstop22 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena IX: Recitaive: Regina, in questo istante 00:45
playstop23 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena IX: Scena: Eccovi, o prodi ? 01:20
playstop24 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena IX: Coro: Fra gli applausi e i lieti viva 01:22
playstop25 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena X: Recitative: E Carlo ancor non torna? - scena XI: Carlo e con voi - scena XII: Ho un b02:40
playstop26 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena XIII: Finale Primo: Fra quest'ombre, e queste rupi - scena XIV: Zitto, zitto ? 09:32
playstop27 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena XV: Finale Primo: Ciel m'assisti ? - scena XVI: Arreste ? 02:30
playstop28 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena XVI: Quintetto: Crudel cimento! 03:01
playstop29 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena XVI: Allegro con spirito: Fissami gli occhi in fronte 07:07
playstop30 Margherita d'Anjou: Act I scena XVI: Stretta: Ma piu d'appresso squilla la tromba - Act II scena I: Voliamo amici - scena II: Carlo, io ti vedo alfin?03:45
playstop31 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena IV: Coro campestre: Che bell'alba! 06:21
playstop32 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena V: Scena: Dolci alberghi di pace 04:44
playstop33 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena V: Aria: Che mai giova il serto? 05:43
playstop34 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena V: Cabaletta: Incerto palpito 02:52
playstop35 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena VI: Recitative: Ritiratevi, amici, ognun di voi - scena VII: Regina! - scena VIII: Tu per la mia salvezza 04:43
playstop36 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena IX: Recitative: Finche della tenzon l'ora s'appressa 00:36
playstop37 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena IX: Scena ed aria: Ah! Si. Pur troppo, io sono il piu infelice 01:59
playstop38 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena IX: Andantino: Tu, che le vie segrete 03:17
playstop39 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena IX: Allegretto: D'un tal piacer la piena 01:29
playstop40 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena X: Recitative: Eccomi di chirungo e di dottore 03:04
playstop41 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena X: Terzetto: Pensa e guarda, amico, all'erta! 05:51
playstop42 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena XI: Sestetto: Ecco, Alterzza, a voi davanti - scena XII: Ferma il passo! 04:11
playstop43 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena XII: Andante sostenuto: Oh! Rabbia! Oh furore! - scena XIII: T'arresta; ove vai? 04:16
playstop44 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena XIII: Allegro alla breve: Piomba il fulmine del cielo 01:49
playstop45 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena XIV: Recitative: Bravi, bravi, amiconi! - scena XV: Che diamine, signora? 02:04
playstop46 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena XVI: Scena: O ciel! Qual mai contrasto 02:02
playstop47 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena XVI: Aria: Mio pianto rasciuga 06:59
playstop48 Margherita d'Anjou: Act II scena XVI: Rondo: Ah! Sposo adorabile 04:39
playstop49 Margherita d'Anjou: Appendix: Act II: Scena: Dolce albergo di pace, ombrose piante 03:38
playstop50 Margherita d'Anjou: Appendix: Act II: Aria: Perche mai sedurmi amore 04:57
playstop51 Margherita d'Anjou: Appendix: Act II: Cabaletta: Incerto palpito 03:00

Margherita d’Anjou is the fourth of Meyerbeer’s six Italian operas. Although he is often accused of imitating Rossini, this engaging opera shows how Meyerbeer uses the musical conventions of the time to forge his own musical style. With this score he challenged the orchestra of La Scala, one of the best in Italy, to its technical limits. New and exciting effects are heard in the orchestration of Margherita d’Anjou – ideas that would surface again in Dinorah, almost 40 years later. For this recording Opera Rara fields another extraordinary cast with the gifted soprano Annick Massis in the title role. Bruce Ford as Laverenne gives a remarkable performance and the young Italian mezzo-soprano, Daniela Barcellona, is exemplary in the role of Isaura. Alastair Miles (Carlo), Fabio Previati (Michele), and Pauls Putnins (Duke of Gloucester) are all basses par excellence. This highly entertaining opera, so easy on the ear, is helped by the performances of first-rate singers, the fine playing of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the virtuoso conducting of David Parry.

Booklet includes complete libretto with English translation.

'Annick Massis has an almost superhuman ability to sing colorature' - Robert Thickness, The Times

'The cast is excellent, each singer relishing the difficulties of Meyerbeer's writing and triumphing over them. As Margherita, soprano Annick Massis just keep on going up and up' - George Hall, BBC Music magazine

Annick Massis (Margherita), Bruce Ford (Duke of Lavarenne), Daniela Barcellona (Isaura), Alastair Miles (Carlo Belmonte), Fabio Previati (Michele Gamautte), Pauls Putninš (Riccardo), Colin Lee (Bellapunta), Roland Wood (Orner), London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry – conductor

ACT I.

An encampment on the bank of a river.  The army of Margherita d’Anjou, widow of Henry VI, led by Orner and Bellapunta, drink to their queen’s honour.  Carlo Belmonte, formerly one of Margherita’s generals, now banished and currently in the employ of Richard, Duke of Glocester, enters the camp.  As he mingles with the soldiers and peasants Margherita enters with her retinue and addresses her troops, praising their support and promising to reward their loyalty.  Margherita’s excitement mounts as joyous military music in the distance promises the arrival of the Duc de Lavarenne.  She goes to meet him.

Michele arrives accompanied by Eugene (Isaura – Lavarenne’s wife - in disguise), who sings of her love for her husband while Michele pours scorn on her emotions. Isaura reveals Lavarenne’s love for Margherita, both of whom arrive with their entourage.

Lavarenne announces an attack on Glocester’s camp for the following day and predicts victory.  Isaura despairs of her position and Michele attempts to sooth her.  Isaura (still disguised as Eugenio) and Michele are presented to Margherita, who immediately appoints ‘Eugenio’ as companion to her son. 

The interior of a tent. Lavarenne has resolved to reveal to the queen the secret of his marriage.  Isaura enters his tent as he is writing his confessional letter; he instructs Isaura to give the letter to the queen if he does not survive the coming day’s battle. 

A cannon shot is followed by distant trumpets indicating soldiers outside the encampment; Laverenne tells Margherita that they are men of the Duke of Somerset come to assist, but Carlo knows that they are in fact Glocester’s men that he has alerted.  To the assembled throng Margherita praises the courage of Laverenne as she presents young Edward, the heir to the throne.   The crowd cheer their future king. 

A dense forest.  Carlo returns to the Highlanders’ camp in the forest, and reports the defeat of Margherita’s and Lavarenne’s army.  Michele is apprehended by Carlo’s  men and appointed doctor to the Highlanders.  In the dark, Lavarenne, Isaura and Michele appear, one by one, among the rocks.  The Highlanders lay a trap for Margherita who is also wandering in the forest; they ambush her.  Just as they are about to assassinate her Carlo reveals himself to Margherita and, despite her treatment of him, vows his allegiance, and instructs the Highlanders to do likewise.  Carlo proposes that his Highlanders should lure the enemy away while all make their way back to the camp; Margherita, disguised as a peasant woman will stay in Carlo’s cottage in the forest.  As distant trumpets reveal the approach of Glocester’s army, all pray that heaven will protect them in this moment of danger.

 

ACT II

[The Scottish countryside,  as in Act I.  It is just before dawn.  A group of soldiers yearn for revenge as Glocester appears.  He is furious that Margherita is still at large.  He orders the entire forest burned down.  Carlo, his allegiance to the Queen renewed, attempts to deceive Glocester as to her whereabouts.]

A small village with several cottages, near the forest.  It is broad daylight

Highland men and women, enjoying the beautiful day, wander off into the countryside.   From the cottage where she is hiding Margherita, in disguise, appears.  She reflects on recent events but returns to her cottage when an approaching soldier is spotted by the Highlanders.  Isaura arrives and delivers Lavarenne’s letter and reveals her true identify to Margherita.   The queen, although shocked, is wise enough to see that Isaura is devoted to Laverenne.

Inside a tent, as in Act I.   Lavarenne knows he must choose between the  two women in his life.   Although he is fiercely loyal to Margherita, he realises he still loves Isaura. 

Interior of a cottage.  Michele, now the cook, sends Carlo to answer the loud knocking on the door.  It is Richard, Duke of Glocester, in search of Margherita and her son.  He interrogates Michele and is suspicious of the latter’s ‘wife’ whom he demands to see.  Margherita is brought in and Glocester recognises her.  Just as he threatens her, Lavarenne and a detachment of French soldiers enter, but Glocester grabs Margherita’s son and, threatening to kill him, attempts to use him as a means of escape.  Michele has, in the meantime, absented himself and now returns with some Highlanders who disarm Glocester.

A village, as before.  Bellapunta congratulates his officers on their victory.

Michele attempts once more to convince Isaura that she will regain Lavarenne.  Isaura is uncertain but Margherita comes in and presents the Duke to Isaura.  Laverenne asks forgiveness and Isaura expresses her happiness as the opera closes with husband and wife reunited.


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