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Gaetano Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Gaetano Donizetti's "Caterina Cornaro" was one of the composer's last operas, immediately preceding the great "Don Pasquale." It's a lyric tragedy that had promising subject matter: the titular Cypriot queen was an actual individual 1454-1510 who was deposed by the Republic of Venice and exiled with an appropriate amount of soprano lamentation. The opera bombed at its premiere in Naples, partly, Donizetti feared, because censors took a bite out of its dramatic coherence, and it lay untouched for another 130 years. Montserrat Caball? was one of its early champions, and it is generally thought to require a soprano with a hefty dose of tragic sense. Italian soprano Carmen ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Gaetano Donizetti's "Caterina Cornaro" was one of the composer's last operas, immediately preceding the great "Don Pasquale." It's a lyric tragedy that had promising subject matter: the titular Cypriot queen was an actual individual 1454-1510 who was deposed by the Republic of Venice and exiled with an appropriate amount of soprano lamentation. The opera bombed at its premiere in Naples, partly, Donizetti feared, because censors took a bite out of its dramatic coherence, and it lay untouched for another 130 years. Montserrat Caballé was one of its early champions, and it is generally thought to require a soprano with a hefty dose of tragic sense. Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio has the right sound in this recording by the specialist label Opera Rara, which has devoted itself to lost repertory of the bel canto years. It gets relatively big-name support from the BBC Symphony under David Parry, perhaps because this is a true rarity: a studio-recording premiere of a work by a major composer. As such, the release deserves attention from Donizetti fans and lovers of bel canto opera in general.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Opera Rara Uk
  • UPC: 792938004822
  • Catalog Number: 48
  • Sales rank: 251,316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–44 Caterina Cornaro, opera - Gaetano Donizetti & BBC Symphony Orchestra (115:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Graeme Broadbent Primary Artist
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