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Le Médecin malgré lui                   La Princesse de                            L’ange de Nisida              World
                                        Trébizonde                                                             Premiere
Charles Gounod 1858                                                                Gaetano Donizetti 1839
Recording February 2017                 Jaques Offenbach 1869                      Recording July 2018           2018
Concert Barbican 18 February            Recording December 2017                    Concerts Royal Opera House
                                        Concert Royal Festival Hall                20 and 22 July
Gounod wrote twelve operas,             12 December
of which only two are regularly                                                    L’ange de Nisida was planned as one
performed: Faust (1857) and Roméo       Hardly known today, La Princesse           of Donizetti’s first Parisian operas,
et Juliette (1867). In 2015 Opera Rara  de Trébizonde was viewed in                but the theatre that was to stage
recorded his charming opéra-comique     Offenbach’s time as one of his             it went bankrupt. Donizetti, never
La Colombe, which was greeted with      greatest achievements. The opera is        one to waste his compositions, then
great acclaim. Le Médecin malgré lui,   set in a 19th-century amusement park       incorporated some of the music into
premiered in 1858 at the Théâtre        in Paris, where Zanetta, the daughter      his grand opéra, La favorite. Opera
Lyrique in Paris, is in many senses a   of an actor, turns herself into a wax      Rara, however, will perform the world
companion piece, with a plot based      figure and becomes the ‘Princess of        premiere of the original L’ange, in
on the famous Molière play. This        Trébizonde’, lucky enough to win the       a new critical edition by the Italian
delightful opera, described by Berlioz  heart of a real prince and to marry        musicologist Candida Mantica that
as ‘Gounod at his best’, will again     him because he is the grandson of a        shows the Parisian Donizetti in a
enable us to see the composer in a      circus acrobat! The premiere, which        completely new light.
fresh light.                            took place in Baden-Baden, was
                                        conducted by Offenbach himself.            Sir Mark Elder will conduct the
Le Médecin malgré lui will be led                                                  Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal
by the outstanding young British        Sir Mark Elder will conduct                Opera House Covent Garden.
conductor Nicholas Collon, with         the Orchestra of the Age of
the Hallé.                              Enlightenment.

And to follow:

Donizetti: Il paria Leoncavallo: Zingari Massenet: Don César de Bazan
Offenbach: Maître Péronilla Puccini: Le villi and a host of other long lost gems.

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