Donizetti: La Favorite

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Label: NCL
Catalog: 8660549-51

Stroppa, Annalisa; Frizza, Riccardo; Coro dell'Accademia Teatro alla Scala; Camarena, Javier; Donizetti Opera Choir; Sempey, Florian; Milletti, Edoardo; Barbaglia, Alessandro; Di Tonno, Caterina; Stavinsky, Evgeny; Donizetti Opera Orchestra

Written for the Opéra in Paris, Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorite contains some of his most famous arias. This superb production from the Donizetti Opera Festival in his birthplace of Bergamo returns the work to its rarely heard 1840 French grand opera origins, and uses the critical edition by Rebecca Harris-Warrick which includes all of the original ballet music and the cabaletta of the duet between Léonor and Alphonse. Set in 14th-century Spain, the tragic story is of a pious novice (Fernand) who falls in love with a noble lady and abandons the cloister. He becomes a war hero and asks the King for her hand, later finding out to his horror that she is Léonor de Guzman, the King’s beloved mistress. This recording is also available on Dynamic Blu-ray video (57992) and DVD (37922).

Price: $53.98