Tragic melodrama in two acts. Studio Recording.
Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, August/September 2016
IN THE PRESS… about the BBC Proms performance on 4 September 2016 that immediately followed the recording :
“Conducting from a score as thick as a brick, Mark Elder didn’t waver either, as he passionately drove the cast, the spirited Opera Rara Chorus and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment through the long night… Elder’s forces have just finished a studio recording of this tragic fiesta, so keep your eyes open.” The Times (5 stars)
“Conductor Mark Elder was the evening’s hero. From the menacingly urgent crescendo that launches the Overture, he took every note of the opera seriously, whipping the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on like a champion jockey to produce a sound that was grainy, pungent and forceful”. The Telegraph
“It is one of THE dramatic bel canto operas in terms of opportunities for characterised and showy singing. In the title role was Albina Shagimuratova demonstrating that for sheer technique she has few rivals in this repertoire. She blended beautifully in duet with the equally gifted Daniela Barcellona, whose impressive abilities shone in two big solo moments. Barcellona showed a strong middle and powerful mellow lower-chest registers.” ClassicalSource