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    An earlier Donizetti collaboration with Salvadore Cammarano (the librettist for Pia), which followed Lucia.

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    Donizetti: Belisario
    Nicola Alaimo (Belisario), Joyce El-Khoury (Antonina), Camilla Roberts (Irene), Russell Thomas (Alamiro), Alastair Miles (Giustiniano), Julia Sporsen (Eudora), Peter Hoare (Eutropio), Edward Price (Eusebio), MIchael Bundy (Ottario), Darren Jeffery (Centurione)
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Sir Mark Elder
    Recorded October 2012 BBC Maida Vale Studios

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    Lovely Nathalie Stutzmann singing some wonderful arias here, as welll as conducting her own band. There is a gorgeous rendition of "Son nata a lagrimar" with Philippe Jaroussky.

    Natalie

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    Another collaboration between Donizetti and Cammarano, Roberto Devereux, known as one (the last) of the three Donizetti Queens. It is also the third opera by Donizetti with Queen Elizabeth as the subject, including the earlier work of Il castello di Kenilworth (1929).
    It premiered at Teatro San Carlo 28 December 1837 but the overture with the theme of God Save the Queen was not added until the Paris premiere the following year.
    Cammarano and Donizetti played history with artistic licence but the result is an opera with very powerful drama and music.

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    (One opera - two Donizetti Queens, Elisabetta and Edita!)

    Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
    Edita Gruberova (Elisabetta), Delores Ziegler (Sara), Don Bernardini (Roberto Devereux), Ettore Kim (Duca di Nottingham), Benoit Boutet (Lord Cecil), Merih Kazbek (Sir Gualtiero Raleigh)
    Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Choeurs de l'Opéra du Rhin, Friedrich Haider
    Recorded live in concert in 1994

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    Donizetti: Maria de Rudenz (30 January 1838, La Fenice)
    Libretto: Salvadore Cammarano from A. Bougeois, J.G.A. Cuvelier and J. de Mallian's play La nonne sanglante (Gounod also wrote an opera by this title) derived from an episode in Matthew Lewis' gothic novel, The Monk.

    Nelly Miricioiu (Maria de Rudenz), Regina Nathan (Matilde di Wolf), Robert McFarland (Corrado Waldorf), Bruce Ford (Enrico), Mathew Hargreaves (Rambaldo), Nigel Douglas (Il Cancelliere)
    Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
    David Parry
    Recorded September 1997, All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London

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    Jeremy Commons in an essay in the Opera Rara booklet writes "it is the last Donizetti produced - before beginning to modify his concepts and his style under the influence of Nourrit... [and] therefore represents the culmination of a long-developing stream of activity that had produced such operas as Anna Bolena, Parisina, Maria Stuarda and Lucia di Lammermoor..."

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    Nice Donizetti selections. There is a deleted DVD of Roberto D from Image Entertainment with Alexandrina Pendanchanska (now Alex Penda).\, Roberto Servile and Giuseppe Sabbatini that is worth seeking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Nice Donizetti selections. There is a deleted DVD of Roberto D from Image Entertainment with Alexandrina Pendanchanska (now Alex Penda).\, Roberto Servile and Giuseppe Sabbatini that is worth seeking out.
    Why deleted?

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    I believe that Image Entertainment is no longer with us. I have not seen any of their stuff being re-issued by another label, which is too bad.

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    Król Roger II - Wojtek Drabowicz
    Shepherd - Piotr Beczała
    Roxana - Olga Pasichnyk
    Edrisi - Krzysztof Szmyt
    Archbishop - Romuald Tesarowicz
    Deaconess - Stefania Toczyska

    Conductor - Jacek Kaspszyk

    I struggled with this at first but now I'm more familiar with it, it's growing on me.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Are you going to see this at Covent Garden next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Are you going to see this at Covent Garden next year?
    I am.
    Going to try for a ticket for opening night. Are you going?
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    [ROH]
    ...passages of exquisite lyricism, such as Roxana's soaring Act II aria, alongside thrilling writing for the chorus...


    It's definitely on the want list...

    If I do, I'll aim for the same opening night

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Nice Donizetti selections. There is a deleted DVD of Roberto D from Image Entertainment with Alexandrina Pendanchanska (now Alex Penda).
    As in--from soprano to countertenor?

    Oh, never mind. Thanks, Wikipedia.

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    Talking about Alex Penda, what is the verdict on her? I've been hearing about her very often lately. She has an early Esclarmonde recording which is famous. However I was reading an old review of mine of her I due Foscari DVD and I was so negative about her, in a way that I rarely am about any singer. I said I wouldn't be watching it again because she ruined the production. I don't even recall it (and probably shouldn't try to watch it again, hehehe; maybe I should uphold my own advice), so, what do other people here think of her?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I suppose it's easier to have as a title "Vivaldi L'Oracolo in Messenia" than "a collection of arias from Vivaldi's other operas that we've fitted onto a libretto that Vivaldi once set to music but we've lost the score so we've had to scramble a bit and by the way the recits are by Giacomelli and of course we bunged in Broschi's "Son qual nave" cos after all what's the point of a Baroque opera without some insane coloratura."

    That said it's a wonderful cast and very well conducted by Biondi.

    Natalie

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    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Kristina Hammarström (Cesare), Emanuela Galli (Cleopatra), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Sesto), Irini Karaianni (Cornelia), Romina Basso (Tolomeo), Tassis Christoyannis (Achilla), Petros Magoulas (Curio), Nikos Spanatis (Nireno)
    Orchestra of the Patras
    George Petrou
    Recorded July 2006, Patras Greece

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    Petrou is exaggerated fiery fast in places and gentle, gentle in others, I like the accents. Kristina Hammarström's Cesare is not as punchy and powerful as Lemieux, more like a Sandhurst graduate Cesare; almost more human. Emanuela Galli is not a sexy Cleopatra but the warmth of her voice throught her range makes her a more elegant character, more like the most beautiful woman in history. Mary-Ellen Nesi sings a Sesto that is more of a young man, than boy and Romina Basso is a Tolomeo that is just angry and bad, rather than an evil brat. Irini Karaianni and Tassis Christoyannis are a very good and convincing Cornelia and Achilla.
    The Orchestra of the Patras (of course on period instruments) are fantastic.
    This is a very good recording that now sits next to the Curtis in the tea cabinet.

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