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Zaza
ORC55
Zazà

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With the release of Zazà, we mark our first recording venture into the musical world of Leoncavallo and the operatic tradition of verismo. More Info

Les Martyrs
ORC352
Les Martyrs (booklet without libretto)

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A tragic tale of Christian martyrdom, Les Martyrs began its life as Poliuto, Donizetti's Italian opera which - due to its religious content - was banned before its Naples premiere. More Info

Ugo Conte di Parigi
ORC1 (3 disc set)
Ugo Conte di Parigi

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Opera Rara chose this most obscure of Donizetti’s operas on the strength of its many beautiful and intricate ensembles. More Info

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Gabriella di Vergy
ORC3 (2 disc set)
Gabriella di Vergy

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Donizetti’s fascination with the story of Gabriella di Vergy began in 1826. The grisly appeal of the story of Gabriella lies in its powerful final scene in which Gabriella’s husband, Fayel, delivers to her a casket containing the still-warm heart of her lover, Raoul.

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Dinorah
ORC5 (3 disc set)
Dinorah

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The story of the hapless and demented young Dinorah roaming the hills with her goat, Bellah. More Info

Linda di Chamounix
ORC43 (3 disc set)
Linda di Chamounix

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This is one of Donizetti’s finest achievements, aimed at the musically sophisticated Viennese public and featuring some of his best arias, ensembles and choruses. More Info

Maria Padilla
ORC6 (3 disc set)
Maria Padilla

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Maria is the mistress of Pedro the Cruel of Castile. Her father, Ruiz, discovers the identity of her lover and, burdened by shame, loses his reason

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Robinson Crusoe
ORC7 (3 disc set)
Robinson Crusoe

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Offenbach's 1867 version, loosely based on Daniel Defoe’s classic, Robinson Crusoe is a hopeless romantic who runs away to sea only to be shipwrecked. More Info

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Emilia de Liverpool - Donizetti
ORC8 (3 disc set)
Emilia di Liverpool

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Here, for the first time the two versions of this delightful opera which Donizetti wrote for Naples. More Info

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L’assedio di Calais
ORC9 (2 disc set)
L’assedio di Calais

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The opera is set in 1347, Calais is under siege by the English army under Edward III. Six noblemen of Calais, including the mayor, volunteer their lives in exchange for lasting peace. The English Queen is so moved by their valour that she persuades her husband to end the siege and spill no more blood. More Info

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Il crociato in Egitto
ORC10 (4 disc set)
Il crociato in Egitto

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Adriano, a Knight of Rhodes, comes to Egypt in search of his nephew Armando, whom he believes may have died in battle. In fact he has married Palmide, daughter of the Sultan of Egypt and she has converted to Christianity. The furious Sultan throws everyone in jail, but all is forgiven when Armando intercedes in a plot to overthrow his father-in-law. More Info

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Medea in Corinto
ORC11 (3 disc set)
Medea in Corinto

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Medea arrives in Corinth hoping to persuade Jason to return to her. When Jason spurns her, she uses her supernatural powers with murderous results, killing their two children and setting fire to the city. More Info

Orazi e Curiazi
ORC12 (3 disc set)
Orazi e Curiazi

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Corneille’s tragedy Les Horaces concerns a long and bitter feud between two noble Roman families. This violent story is brought vividly to life by Mercadante’s 1846 opera

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Rosmonda d’Inghilterra
ORC13 (2 disc set)
Rosmonda d’Inghilterra

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Nelly Miricioiu and Renée Fleming, as Eleanor of Aquitaine and the fair Rosamund, battle for the love of Bruce Ford (Henry II of England). More Info

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Ricciardo e Zoraide
ORC14 (3 disc set)
Ricciardo e Zoraide

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Ricciardo, Zoraide’s persistent and ingenious suitor, comes to the rescue and saves her by devious means. More Info

Maria regina d’Inghilterra
ORC15 (3 disc set)
Maria regina d’Inghilterra

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Based on Victor Hugo’s passionate play about Mary Tudor, Maria regina d’Inghilterra was one of Pacini’s most successful operas.

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Maria de Rudenz
ORC16 (2 disc set)
Maria de Rudenz

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After eloping with her lover and being deserted by him, Maria is believed dead but returns home to discover her father has died and left everything to her cousin Matilde. Maria’s ex-lover stabs her and again Maria is believed dead, but in the gripping final scene – a gift for a soprano – Maria stabs Matilde and then confronts Corrado, telling him in her dying moments that she still loves him. More Info

Zoraida di Granata
ORC17 (4 discs)
Zoraida di Granata

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Opera Rara presents the world premiere of the original tenor version of this violent love story. In addition the recording includes six more pieces written for the 1824 revival. More Info

Otello
ORC18 (3 disc set)
Otello

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Opera Rara recorded the new critical edition by the Rossini Foundation of Otello. Hugely admired in its day, this highly innovative score contains some of Rossini’s most inspired music.

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La romanzesca e l’umo nero
ORC19 (1 disc set)
La romanzesca e l’uomo nero

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A one-act opera buffa written for Naples. Donizetti's La romanzesca e l'uomo nero dates from the same period as Anna Bolena and L’elisir d’amore when the composer’s genius was in full flood.

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Bianca e Falliero
ORC20 (3 disc set)
Bianca e Falliero

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This opera, which is one of Rossini’s most sumptuous and ornate, tells of Bianca’s love (Majella Cullagh) for Falliero (Jennifer Larmore) and her struggle to resist her father’s attempts to marry her to Capellio (Ildebrando D’Arcangelo).

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Carlo di Borgogna
ORC21 (3 disc set)
Carlo di Borgogna

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Bruce Ford takes the title role, giving a bravura performance as the Burgundian duke caught in tragic conflict between love and duty. Jennifer Larmore and Elizabeth Futral are the rival leading ladies, whose final confrontation is a duet of exceptional virtuosity. More Info

Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra
ORC22 (3 disc set)
Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra

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Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra (1815) was the first of the nine Rossini Neapolitan operas written for Teatro San Carlo. The works Rossini composed were hailed (and have been ever since) as some of the most remarkable ever to be composed for the lyric stage.

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Ermione
ORC42 (2 disc set)
Ermione

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Ermione is without doubt one of the greatest operas by Rossini, despite it being perhaps the least immediately successful: Ermione was received with incomprehension at its sole performance in 1819 and was never revived in Rossini’s lifetime.

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Ginevra di Scozia
ORC23 (3 disc set)
Ginevra di Scozia

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The bicentenary of this occasion was celebrated with a new production of the same work and Opera Rara went to Trieste to record the initial performances of this important revival. The cast is led by French soprano Elizabeth Vidal who tackles the stratospheric role of Ginevra with ease (and Es - a bushel of them!!). As the hero Ariodante, Daniela Barcellona confirms her place on the roster of talented, young artists emerging from Italy. Antonino Siragusa, likewise, is representative of the new generation of bel canto tenors. More Info

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Roberto Devereux
ORC24 (2 disc set)
Roberto Devereux

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This is a live recording of the concert performances’ given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in July 2002. The main reason for this recording was to capture the vivid and compelling portrayal of Elisabetta by the great Nelly Miricioiu. More Info

Margherita d’Anjou
ORC25 (3 disc set)
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 the time to forge his own musical style.

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Zelmira
ORC27 (3 disc set)
Zelmira

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Zelmira was the last opera Rossini wrote for the Teatro San Carlo and it succeeds in maintaining a constant, consistent level of musical excellence.

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Emma d'Antiochia
ORC26 (3 disc set)
Emma d'Antiochia

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Emma d’Anitochia is one of a number of important operas, which Mercadante wrote in the years 1831-1837 – a period that began on his return from several years spent in Spain and Portugal.

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Francesca di Foix
ORC28 (1 disc set)
Francesca di Foix

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In this witty and captivating first ever recording, the beauties of Donizetti’s charming score can once again be enjoyed today. More Info

Elvida
ORC29 (1 disc set)
Elvida

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This opera contains so much wonderful music, the plot revolving around Elvida (Annick Massis), a Spanish princess captured by Amur (Pietro Spagnoli), the Moorish tribal chieftain. More Info

Pia de' Tolomei
ORC30 (3 disc set)
Pia de' Tolomei

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With an all-star cast under the expert direction of David Parry, this studio recording is an essential purchase for all opera lovers. More Info

Il diluvio universale
ORC31 (2 disc set)
Il diluvio universale

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Il diluvio universale tells the biblical story of Noah (Noè in Italian). But it is given still further human and dramatic interest, since it also presents the story – and the tragedy – of Sela, the favourite concubine and wife of Cadmo, satrap of the Babylonian city of Sennáár.

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Adelaide di Borgogna
ORC32 (2 disc set)
Adelaide di Borgogna

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Maybe you’ve come across this plot before: a damsel-in-distress is saved by a knight in shining armour. This is the standard ‘fairy tale’ we all learned as children. Yet the surprising thing about Adelaide di Borgogna is that the story is true.

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Dom Sebastien, roi de Portugal
ORC33 (3 disc set)
Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal

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Few figures in European history fire the imagination more than Don Sebastian of Portugal. More Info

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La donna del lago
ORC34 (3 disc set)
La donna del lago

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Rossini’s La donna del lago (Naples, 1819) was not only the first Italian opera to be based on a work by Sir Walter Scott, the narrative poem The Lady of the Lake: it was also a milestone in the development of romanticism in Italian opera.

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Alessandro nell'Indie
ORC35 (3 disc set)
Alessandro nell'Indie

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Alessandro nell’Indie tells the story of Alexander the Great’s campaign in India, of his defeat of the Indian king Porus (Poro), and of his infatuation with an Indian queen, Cleophes (Cleofide). It is a vehicle for gorgeously over-the-top bravura singing as the characters confront each other, deceive each other, reproach each other, plead with each other.

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Imelda de' Lambertazzi
ORC36 (2 disc set)
Imelda de' Lambertazzi

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Imelda de’ Lambertazzi immediately precedes Donizetti’s first masterpiece, Anna Bolena, and was written for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the same year (1830).

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La Cour de Celimene
ORC37 (2 disc set)
La Cour de Célimène

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In recent years, there has been increased interest in the works of Ambroise Thomas, particularly in his ambitious setting of Hamlet (1868). Opera Rara now takes a further important step in the rediscovery of this fascinating figure, with a new recording of his 1855 opéra-comique La Cour de Célimène.

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La straniera
ORC38
La straniera

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This release marks the first full-length Bellini opera in Opera Rara’s catalogue. The score points forward to Bellini’s greatest works and, on its own account, includes superb dramatic writing and those characteristic ‘long, long melodies of which he alone had the secret’, as Verdi put it. More Info

Virginia
ORC39 (2 disc set)
Virginia

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Like Mercadante's stirring Orazi e Curiazi (written in 1846 and also recorded by Opera Rara), Virginia is set in ancient Rome and is half-history, half-legend.

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Parisina
ORC40 (3 discs)
Parisina

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Donizetti’s gripping opera, Parisina, comes from a particularly fruitful period in the composer’s life. The opera made its 1833 debut in Florence, the year Lucrezia Borgia opened at La Scala and Torquato Tasso premiered in Rome, with a libretto by leading exponent of his craft at that time, Felice Romani.

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Vert-Vert
ORC41 (2 discs)
Vert-Vert

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Opera Rara presents a complete recording of the delectable comic opera in 3 acts, Vert-Vert, which was the follow-up to Robinson Crusoe at the Opéra Comique and one of five stage works Offenbach produced in 1869 alone.

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Maria di Rohan
ORC44 (2 disc set)
Maria di Rohan

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According to the late Donizetti expert William Ashbrook, Maria di Rohan (1843) is the composer‘s ‘tautest, most melodramatic opera’ and shows him ‘in complete control of his musico-dramatic goals’.

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Il Pirata
ORC45 (3 disc set)
Il pirata

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Vincenzo Bellini’s third opera, Il pirata, marked an important step in his career. Not only was it the 27 year old’s first score for the brand leader of Italian opera houses, La Scala, Milan, it also represented his first collaboration with Felice Romani, the leading librettist of the day, who was to become his regular artistic partner.

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Aurelilano in Palmira
ORC46 (3 disc set)
Aureliano in Palmira

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The dramma serio was written during Rossini’s miraculous 21st year (1813), when he produced in total an incredible four operas. The other three (the comedies, Il signor Bruschino and L’italiana in Algeri plus the tragedy Tancredi) indicate not only the fertility of his inventive powers but also the staggering quality of his youthful composition. Rossini fans will recognise the overture to Aureliano, recycled in three other scores, most notably Il barbiere di Siviglia! More Info

Le Portrait de Manon & Les Nuits d'ete
ORC47 (1 disc set)
Le Portrait de Manon and Les Nuits d’été

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This new release features a double bill of Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon and Berlioz’s song cycle Les Nuits d’été, recorded from live staged performances at the Royal Opera House with artists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and the Southbank Sinfonia.

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Ne m'oubliez pas
ORC4 (1 disc)
Ne m'oubliez pas

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This opéra-comique is unfinished - only five pieces exist. Opera Rara has recorded all of them More Info

Caterina Cornaro
ORC48 (2 disc set)
Caterina Cornaro

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JUNE 2013, now released. Caterina Cornaro was written in the extremely productive last period of Donizetti's life (between Don Pasquale and Linda di Chamounix) and was in fact the very last of his operas to be premiered in his lifetime.

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Belisario
ORC49 (2 discs)
Belisario

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Belisario is, quite simply, one of Donizetti’s finest achievements. Dating from the high watermark of Donizetti’s maturity, with its premiere in 1836 (the year after the debut of Maria Stuarda in Milan and Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples), Belisario proved a triumph on stages throughout the 19th century. More Info

Rita
ORC50 (1 disc)
Rita (Deux hommes et une femme)

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Opera Rara celebrates its 50th complete opera recording with the release of Donizetti’s Rita (Deux hommes et une femme).  Conducted by Artistic Director Sir Mark ElderRita is the first studio recording of the newly restored critical edition of the score. 

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Fantasio
ORC51 (2 CD set)
Fantasio

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Opera Rara's new release is the first complete studio recording of Fantasio, one of Offenbach's most beautiful and refined works. A heady cocktail of charm, gracefulness and gentle melancholy, of bad-tempered jokes and poetry, Fantasio, marks the crucial step in Offenbach's path towards The Tales of Hoffmann. More Info

Les Martyrs
ORC52
Les Martyrs

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A tragic tale of Christian martyrdom, Les Martyrs began its life as Poliuto, Donizetti's Italian opera which - due to its religious content - was banned before its Naples premiere. Greatly angered by the Italian censors' decision, Donizetti moved to Paris in the hope of conquering the Opéra de Paris and securing his status as a composer of international repute.

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La Colombe
ORC53
La Colombe

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Sir Mark Elder’s second Opera Rara release of 2015 features a rare recording - Gounod’s delightful opera La Colombe ("The Dove”). More Info

Le Duc d'Albe
ORC54 (2 CD)
Le Duc d'Albe

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Originally conceived as the second grand opera the composer was to stage at the Opéra de Paris after Les Martyrs, Donizetti abandoned his score for Le Duc d’Albe after completing only the first two acts due to conflicts of interest with the theatre. More Info

Christopher Columbus
ORC2 (2 disc set)
Christopher Columbus

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A joyful and infectious pastiche that marries some of Offenbach’s best music with Don White’s witty and irreverent English version of the discovery of America. More Info

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