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Donizetti - Maria di Rohan | Opera Rara ORC44

Donizetti - Maria di Rohan

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Label: Opera Rara

Cat No: ORC44

Barcode: 0792938004426

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 31st October 2011

Contents

Artists

Krassimira Stoyanova
Jose Bros
Christopher Purves
Brindley Sherratt
Loic Felix
Enkelejda Shkosa
Graeme Broadbent
Christopher Turner
Riccardo Simonetti
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Conductor

Mark Elder

Works

Donizetti, Gaetano

Maria di Rohan

Artists

Krassimira Stoyanova
Jose Bros
Christopher Purves
Brindley Sherratt
Loic Felix
Enkelejda Shkosa
Graeme Broadbent
Christopher Turner
Riccardo Simonetti
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Conductor

Mark Elder

About

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’. The work was first performed in Vienna, but Donizetti revised it for its Paris premiere, changing the tenor role of Armando di Gondì to mezzo-soprano.

Working from the new critical edition of the score, with the period-instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Mark Elder, Opera Rara has recorded the original Vienna (June 1843) two tenor version as well as some of the appendices from the Paris (November 1843) revision, including those written for the mezzo-soprano, sung here by Enkelejda Shkosa.  

Set during the time of Cardinal Richelieu, the opera focuses on Maria (Krassimira Stoyanova), secretly married to Riccardo, Duke of Chevreuse (José Bros), who has wounded the Cardinal’s nephew in a duel. In seeking assistance for his plight from Enrico, Count of Chalais (Christopher Purves), Maria finds her former love for the latter revived. The rest of the opera centres on how this intricate and explosive triangle of relationships plays out. As a handful of recent productions have demonstrated, the result shows Donizetti rightly claiming his position as one of the nineteenth-century’s greatest musical dramatists.

The 2CD set, a studio recording, comes with a lavishly illustrated book including a complete libretto with an English translation, and a comprehensive article and synopsis by the eminent 19th-century musical scholar, Jeremy Commons.

"Krassimira Stoyanova, radiant and impassioned, beautifully captured Maria's ambivalent glamour and the private hell beneath her cool allure" - Tim Ashley, The Guardian (reviewing the concert performance at the Royal Festival Hall, November 2009)

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