DONIZETTI Caterina Cornaro. Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Felix, Graeme Broadbent, Sophie Bevan, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra / David Parry. Opera Rara 2cds

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DONIZETTI Caterina Cornaro

Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Felix, Graeme Broadbent, Sophie Bevan
BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra / David Parry

Caterina Cornaro was written in the extremely productive last period of Donizetti's life (between Don Pasquale and Linda di Chamounix) and was the last of his operas to be premiered in the composer’s lifetime. Like every other work of this period, it is intensely original, in this case being unusually dark in both subject matter and general musical tone.

This is the only opera of Donizetti’s later period not to have had a quality modern recording. Conductor David Parry says: “The opera requires a prima donna with a wonderful voice, extraordinary technique and exceptional histrionic ability, which we have in Carmen Giannattasio: the role could actually have been written for her.

"The story is resonant and believable, a woman forced into a political marriage with a king she does not love, but who turns out to be noble and good, so that she feels that she cannot abandon him, and who is assassinated at the instigation of a bitter enemy, leaving her to rule on her own. This calls up from Donizetti one of his most deeply felt, atmospheric and dramatically truthful scores. It is concise and hard-hitting, and I simply cannot understand why the opera is not in the repertoire; it is badly in need of a proper studio-recording.”

The 2CD set is accompanied by a complete libretto with an English translation alongside an article and synopsis by the eminent 19th-century musical scholar, Jeremy Commons.

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