Back
Shop – The Operas
Grid  List 
Set Ascending Direction

Bellini, Vincenzo

See All
ORC38
La straniera

Out of stock

CD £28.99
DOWNLOAD from £14.98


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

ORC45 (3 disc set)
Il pirata

In stock

CD £37.50
DOWNLOAD from £16.66


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.

More Info


Berlioz, Hector

See All
ORC47 (1 disc set)
Le Portrait de Manon and Les Nuits d’été

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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.

More Info


Donizetti, Gaetano

See All
ORC17 (4 discs)
Zoraida di Granata

In stock

CD £46.99
DOWNLOAD from £18.49


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

ORC1 (3 disc set)
Ugo Conte di Parigi

Out of stock

CD £37.50
DOWNLOAD from £16.66


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

Word Premier RecordingPenguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)



Gounod, Charles

See All
ORC53
La Colombe

In stock

CD £28.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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

See All
ORC55
Zazà

In stock

CD £28.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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

See All
ORC47 (1 disc set)
Le Portrait de Manon and Les Nuits d’été

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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.

More Info


Mayr, Giovanni Simone

See All
ORC11 (3 disc set)
Medea in Corinto

Out of stock

CD £37.50
DOWNLOAD from £16.66


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

ORR244 (1 disc set)
Mayr Rediscovered

In stock

CD £11.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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

See All
ORR224 (1 disc set)
Zaira

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


By taking the very best music from a fascinating, unknown score, Opera Rara begins its new series, the Essential Opera Rara. The chosen selections contain the heart or essence of a work on a single disc of highlights. Saverio Mercadantes Zaira is the first in the series.

More Info

ORC39 (2 disc set)
Virginia

In stock

CD £28.99
DOWNLOAD from £14.98


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.

More Info


Meyerbeer, Jakob Liebmann

See All
ORR222 (1 disc set)
Meyerbeer in Italy

Out of stock

CD £11.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


Giacomo Meyerbeer is remembered chiefly for his French Grands Operas, from Robert le Diable to L’Africaine. But it was his Italian operas that got him to France in the first place.

More Info

ORO2 (1 disc)
Meyerbeer and his world

Out of stock

CD £0.00
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


The second disc produced in association with Opera Magazine. More Info


Offenbach, Jacques

See All
ORC41 (2 discs)
Vert-Vert

Out of stock

CD £28.99
DOWNLOAD from £14.98


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.

More Info

ORC7 (3 disc set)
Robinson Crusoe

In stock

CD £37.50
DOWNLOAD from £16.66


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

Penguin Guide - Key recordingWord Premier RecordingPenguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)



Pacini, Giovanni

See All
ORR236 (1 disc set)
Paventa Insano: Pacini and Mercadante

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


Venture beyond the four greatest names in the operatic firmament of early 19th century Italy – delve beyond Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi – and the next two composers to come to our attention will always be Mercadante and Pacini. More Info

ORR238 (1 disc set)
Pacini Rediscovered

In stock

CD £11.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


Pacini himself claimed to have composed over 100 operas and, although modern estimates would be more conservative (since several of the works he listed were revisions, and some of them more strictly oratorios and cantatas than operas), even the most rigorous estimate would put the total at over 70. More Info


Paer, Ferdinando

See All
ORR237 (1 disc set)
Sofonisba

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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

Word Premier RecordingPenguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)



Ricci, Federico

See All
ORR228 (1 disc set)
La Prigione di Edimburgo

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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.

More Info

ORR246 (1 disc set)
Corrado d'Altamura

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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


Rossini, Gioachino

See All
ORC27 (3 disc set)
Zelmira

In stock

CD £44.99
DOWNLOAD from £16.66


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

More Info

ORC57
Semiramide PRE-ORDER

In stock

CD £46.99
DOWNLOAD from £18.49


***STOCK AVAILABLE FROM SPRING 2018***

A complete studio recording of Rossini’s last and one of his greatest Italian operas, Opera Rara’s Semiramide, starring Albina Shagimuratova and Daniela Barcellona, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, includes all of the passages traditionally cut in modern revivals and makes this dramatic masterpiece speak in a new way to today’s opera audience.

More Info


Thomas, Ambroise

See All
ORC37 (2 disc set)
La Cour de Célimène

Out of stock

CD £28.99
DOWNLOAD from £14.98


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.

More Info


Verdi, Giuseppe

See All
ORCV302 (2 disc set)
Simon Boccanegra

In stock

CD £28.99


Simon Boccanegra, the second volume in the Verdi Originals series, is set in 14th Century Genoa and explores the political intrigues of the times, centred on the discovery of the true identity of Amelia Boccanegra.

More Info

ORCV303 (3 disc set)
Les Vêpres Siciliennes

In stock

CD £37.50


Les Vêpres Siciliennes is one of Verdi’s misunderstood operas. This is Opera Rara’s third of five sets in its Verdi Originals series and this BBC recording of the opera finally restores the original French libretto.

More Info

Penguin Guide - Key recordingPenguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)Penguin Guide - outstanding performance (3 stars)



Viardot, Pauline

See All
ORR240 (2 disc set)
Pauline Viardot and Friends

Out of stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £13.98


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

Live Concert RecordingWord Premier Recording


ORR212 (1 disc set)
Cendrillon

Out of stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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


Wekerlin, Jean Baptiste

See All
ORR245 (1 disc set)
La Laitière de Trianon

In stock

CD £14.99
DOWNLOAD from £7.49


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).

More Info