Donizetti: Il Paria

Donizetti: Il Paria

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Gaetano Donizetti wrote some 80 operas, but only a few remain in the repertory. "Il Paria (The Pariah)," as recorded here with care by the specialist label Opera Rara, may make a good place to start with the rest. Composed in Naples in 1829, it dates from just before Donizetti's first enduring hit, "Anna Bolena." It bombed when it first appeared, closing after just six performances; it's unlikely setting in India might have been just the ticket 50 years later, but in what was still Rossini's day, it probably mystified audiences, and the story is dramatically unsatisfying and falls apart at the end. None of these complaints, however, apply to the music, which shows many aspects of Donizetti's mature style already in place, with pregnant orchestral scene-setting, arias that turn dramatic corners, and a highly varied vocabulary in the recitatives. The orchestra has a lot to do in the arias as well, as in Zarete's "Notte, ch'eterna a me parevi" from Act II, where the soloist doesn't appear at all until halfway through. There is a splendid love duet, "Da sì caro e dolce istante," and many other fine moments. The singers are very strong, none stronger than René Barbera as the heroic soldier Idamore, who has a perilously high tenor range. Unlike many of the Opera Rara albums, this one has big names; Sir Mark Elder leads the Britten Sinfonia, and the sense of urgent forward motion he brings to the music is another reason for the recording's success, which has been both artistic and commercial. The opera is short, and this recording could easily inspire further productions and recordings, with the tenor part being the only impediment to university productions and the like. Opera Rara's studio sound is ideal.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2021
Label: Opera Rara Uk
UPC: 0792938006024
catalogNumber: 800602
Rank: 29079


  1. Il paria, opera

    1. Act I: Preludio
    2. Act II: Discendi
    3. Act I: In questa a te sacrata antica selva
    4. Act II: A un culto barbaro
    5. Act I: Oggi ei riede!
    6. Act II: La mano tua
    7. Act I: Il Pontifice degna
    8. Act II: Tu? Mia?
    9. Act I: Orrendo sogno!
    10. Act II: Sarai tu sempre, o caro
    11. Act I: Parea che mentre l'àloe
    12. Act II: Notte, ch'eterna a me parevi?
    13. Act I: O tu, luce del vero
    14. Act II: Qui pel figlio una madre gridava
    15. Act I: Ah, che un raggio di speranza
    16. Act II: Mai fulgido così
    17. Act I: Gemina pompa nel gran tempio
    18. Act II: Questa adunque, o figlio ingrato
    19. Act I: Sì, decisi...
    20. Act II: Brama, autor dell'universo
    21. Act I: Tergi, o Dio
    22. Act II: Quanto di lieto
    23. Act I: Qual tu ti sia, qui t'inoltra
    24. Act II: Da sì caro e dolce istante
    25. Act I: Ah no, che il core
    26. Act II: Ma tu, sommo Bramano
    27. Act I: Là dove al ciel s'estolle
    28. Act II: Deh un folle ardir
    29. Act I: Lontano, io più l'amai
    30. Act II: La sorte di noi miseri
    31. Act I: Fin dove sorgono
    32. Act I: Ma chi è colui?
    33. Act I: D'un Akebar la figlia?
    34. Act I: Salvi, o Nume
    35. Act I: Non m'obliasti?
    36. Act I: Lascerò colei che adoro?

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