Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Parry
Label: Opera Rara
Catalog: ORC 48
Sophie Bevan (soprano), Carmen Giannattasio (soprano), Graeme Broadbent (tenor), LoÃ¯c FÃ©lix (tenor), Colin Lee (tenor), Troy Cook (baritone), Vuyani Mlinde (bass-baritone), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Parry
DONIZETTI, G.: Caterina CornaroSACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD
Caterina Cornaro was the last of Donizetti's operas to be premiered in his lifetime, and the only opera of his later period not to have had a quality modern recording. Conductor David Parry explains, â€œThe opera requires a prima donna with a wonderful voice, extraordinary technique and exceptional histrionic ability... The story is resonant and believable, a woman forced into a political marriage with a king who is assassinated, leaving her to rule on her own. This calls up from Donizetti one of his most deeply felt, atmospheric and dramatically truthful scores.â€ Opera Rara's two-disc 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.