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Bellini, Vincenzo

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ORC56 (2 CD)
Adelson e Salvini

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Opera Rara releases Bellini’s first opera Adelson e Salvini, written in 1825 while the composer was still a student at the Naples Conservatory. Inspired by Baculard d’Arnaud’s 1772 series of novellas, Les Épreuves du sentiment, Adelson e Salvini was so popular that the students of the Naples Conservatory performed it every Sunday for a year and its impact was such that the intendant of the Teatro di San Carlo immediately commissioned Bellini’s first professional opera. More Info

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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Berlioz, Hector

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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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Donizetti, Gaetano

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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

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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Gounod, Charles

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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


Leoncavallo, Ruggero

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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


Massenet, Jules

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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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Mayr, Giovanni Simone

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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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ORR244 (1 disc set)
Mayr Rediscovered

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Between 1794 and 1824, Mayr composed over sixty operas. Admired for his combination of Italianate melody and Germanic harmony and instrumentation, he is a composer whose music explores the psychology of his characters with deeply satisfying thoughtfulness, as this absorbing selection of excerpts from his operas demonstrates. More Info


Mercadante, Saverio

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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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ORR249 (1 disc set)
I Normanni a Parigi

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This is the seventh opera in the Essential Opera Rara series and, once again, a vivid impression of the work is captured on a single disc. More Info


Meyerbeer, Jakob Liebmann

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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

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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Offenbach, Jacques

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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

ORR243 (2 disc set)
Entre Nous: Celebrating Offenbach

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Entre Nous: Celebrating Offenbach traces the extraordinary career of one of the great personalities of the 19th century, the composer, entrepreneur and satirist Jacques Offenbach.

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Pacini, Giovanni

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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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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


Paer, Ferdinando

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ORR237 (1 disc set)
Sofonisba

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Sofonisba, a classical heroine portrayed by various 17th and 18th century composers, becomes, in Paer’s hands, a more realistic figure – a real woman. More Info

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Ricci, Federico

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ORR246 (1 disc set)
Corrado d'Altamura

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This is the sixth opera in the Essential Opera Rara series and, once again, a vivid impression of the work is captured on a single disc. More Info

ORR228 (1 disc set)
La Prigione di Edimburgo

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Immensely popular in its day, La Prigione di Edimburgo provided two hits - the lullaby, Dormi, dormi bel bambino, gloriously sung on this recording by Nuccia Focile, and the baritone aria, Sulla poppa del mio brich, performed by the accomplished Christopher Purves.

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Rossini, Gioachino

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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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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


Thomas, Ambroise

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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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Verdi, Giuseppe

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ORCV305 (4 disc set)
Don Carlos

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Verdi’s commission from the Paris Opera was for a five-act grand opera in the style of Meyerbeer or Halévy. Grand indeed, for the scale of Verdi’s conception was monumental.

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ORCV304 (3 disc set)
La forza del destino

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Opera Rara’s acclaimed series of the historical BBC broadcasts of Verdi operas as they were originally heard continues with La Forza del Destino.

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Viardot, Pauline

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ORR212 (1 disc set)
Cendrillon

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Continuing the series of music written for the salon, we travel to France for a fascinating glimpse of one of the great figures of 19th-century music. More Info

ORR240 (2 disc set)
Pauline Viardot and Friends

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The life of Pauline Viardot was truly extraordinary. One of the greatest prima donnas and influential musical figures of the 19th century, she was born in Paris, daughter of Spanish tenor Manuel Garcia and sister of the legendary singer Maria Malibran. More Info

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Wekerlin, Jean Baptiste

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ORR245 (1 disc set)
La Laitière de Trianon

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This recording focuses on a single work designed for intimate performance: J B Wekerlin’s ‘opérette de salon’, La Laitière de Trianon (The Milkmaid of Trianon).

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