Opera Rara has announced its plans for 2013, which include some old favourites and some new collaborations. 2013 is in fact the 35th anniversary of their first release, Donizetti's Ugo conte di Parigi, and the company continue to mine Donizetti's neglected repertoire with Caterina Cornaro and Belisario scheduled for release this year. Both operas are the result of a new collaboration with the BBC, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing and the BBC recording the works for broadcast and for issuing on disc. Casts are strong, with Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Nicola Alaimo and Joyce El-Khoury. David Parry conducts Caterina Cornaro and Mark Elder Belisario.
Their first release of 2013 is Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon recorded live from the Royal Opera House. It is a double bill with Berlioz's Les nuits d'Ete, performed by Jette Parker Young Artists. The French theme continues with Offenbach's Fantasio, which is being recorded in 2013 and performed at the Royal Festival Hall on December 15 2013. This opera was a failure at first, only running for 10 performances at the Opera Comique in 1872, but it is now seen as an important stepping stone towards Les Contes d'Hoffmann. The company has an appeal to support the recording of Fantasio. The cast includes Sarah Connolly and Victoria Simmonds with Mark Elder conducting.
Further information from the Opera Rara website.
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