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Mark Elder|Donizetti : L'Ange de Nisida (Live)

Donizetti : L'Ange de Nisida (Live)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder

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Gaetano Donizetti’s Ange de Nisida has had a strange history. It is never included in the composer’s list of operas for a very simple reason: Escaping Italian censorship, Gaetano Donizetti decided to have it performed in French in Paris (libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz). Rehearsals began in 1840, but stopped when the company went bankrupt. Donizetti ended up using some of this work in La Favorite, similar to the way Rossini used Il Viaggio a Reims in Le Comte Ory.


Sir Mark Elder’s record is therefore a world premiere. The maestro is surrounded by outstanding soloists in this recording made in July 2018 at Covent Garden in London. The concert was made in collaboration with the label Opera Rara, dedicated to opera premieres. The opera’s libretto had never been printed before. At the French National Library, the piece required major archival research using three different manuscripts for it to be to put together. Candida Mantica worked as an archeologist carefully exploring and comparing numerous versions including the composer’s own manuscript. The scenes that were discovered were not in the right order and often not fully orchestrated.


Though it was written for France and in French, the opera is a 100% Italian in its style. It shines as a wonderful discovery, even if it never changes our idea of Donizetti. Now that the record is out, we are looking forward to its rendition on stage. The plot takes place in the 15th century on a desert island, the way opera lovers liked at that time. The king of Naples is keeping his mistress a prisoner when a young and fiery tenor falls in love with her. The story goes through many twists, featuring the pope, between comedy and tragedy before its tragic ending for poor Sylvia, who dies, creating one more female martyr in the history of opera. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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L'Ange de Nisida (Gaetano Donizetti)

1
Act 1: Prelude
00:04:51

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

2
Act I - Scene 1 : "Ange d'amour, douce fée inconnue !" (Leone)
00:01:54

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

3
Act I - Scene 1 : "Dites-lui que mon cœur l'appelle" (Leone)
00:01:38

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

4
Act I - Scenes 1 & 2 : "On vient... Fuyons..." (Leone, Don Gaspar)
00:01:13

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

5
Act I - Scene 2 : "Le sommeil te berce encore" (Chorus)
00:01:38

Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

6
Act I - Scene 2 : "Or ça, vous ignorez quelle est cette étrangère" (Don Gaspar, Chorus)
00:02:18

Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

7
Act I - Scene 2 : "Et vous, Mesdames" (Don Gaspar, Chorus)
00:03:27

Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

8
Act I - Scene 2 : "Des chants et des bouquets !" (Don Gaspar, Chorus)
00:01:56

Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

9
Act I - Scene 3 : "Don Gaspar !" (Leone, Don Gaspar)
00:02:09

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

10
Act I - Scene 4 : "Ô douces fleurs !" (Sylvia, Leone)
00:01:12

Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

11
Act I - Scene 4 : "Ah ! Leone !" (Sylvia, Leone)
00:07:30

Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

12
Act I - Scene 5 : "Non, je ne fuirai pas" (Leone, Don Gaspar, Chorus)
00:01:20

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

13
Act I - Scene 5 : "Vive le Roi !" (Don Gaspar, Chorus)
00:01:12

Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

14
Act I - Scene 6 : "Mes bons amis" (Le Roi, Don Gaspar, Leone, Chorus)
00:02:25

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

15
Act 2 - Scene 1 : "Comme ces feuilles empourprées" (Le Roi, Sylvia)
00:03:51

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

16
Act 2 - Scene 1 : "Ah ! Ô ma chère patrie" (Sylvia, Le Roi)
00:05:03

Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

17
Act 2 - Scene 1 : "Qui vient ici ?" (Le Roi, Sylvia)
00:00:26

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

18
Act 2 - Scene 2 : "Le ciel a béni l'étrangère" (Chorus)
00:03:13

Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

19
Act 2 - Scenes 2 & 3 : "Mais vous, fée adorable !" (Le Roi, Sylvia, Don Gaspar)
00:01:35

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

20
Act 2 - Scene 4 : "Don Fernand d'Aragon !" (Le Moine, Le Roi, Sylvia)
00:01:39

Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (The Monk) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

21
Act 2 - Scene 4 : "Redoutez la fureur" (Le Moine, Le Roi, Sylvia, Don Gaspar)
00:02:47

Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (The Monk) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

22
Act 2 - Scene 4 : "Vous tous qui m'écoutez" (Le Moine, Sylvia, Le Roi, Chorus)
00:01:19

Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (The Monk) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

23
Act 2 - Scene 4 : "Ah ! qu'a-t-il dit ?" (Le Roi, Don Gaspar, Sylvia, Chorus, Le Moine)
00:03:38

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (The Monk) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

24
Act 2 - Scene 5 : "Ah ! je me vengerai !" (Le Roi, Don Gaspar, Leone)
00:02:59

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

25
Act 2 - Scene 6 : "Je suis libre !... Quelle ivresse et quel délire !" (Leone)
00:04:10

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

26
Act 2 - Scenes 7, 8, 9, 10 : "Dites que je l'attends, porteur d'une nouvelle" (Don Gaspar, Leone, Sylvia, Le Roi)
00:05:45

Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

27
Act 2 - Scene 10 : "De mon cœur foi bénie" (Sylvia, Leone, Le Roi, Don Gaspar)
00:02:59

Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

28
Act 2 - Scene 10 : "D'un mot j'attends le bonheur de ma vie" (Leone, Le Roi, Don Gaspar)
00:01:11

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

29
Act 2 - Scene 10 : "Ô mon ange que j'implore" (Le Roi, Don Gaspar, Leone, Sylvia)
00:04:23

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

30
Act 3 - Scene 1 : "Leone ! Qu'ai-je appris !" (Don Gaspar, Le Roi)
00:02:12

Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

31
Act 3 - Scene 1 : "Qu'entends-je ?" (Le Roi, Don Gaspar)
00:07:41

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

32
Act 3 - Scene 2 : "Le sort est jeté" (Don Gaspar, Sylvia)
00:01:48

Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

33
Act 3 - Scene 3 : "Leone ! Faut-il que l'infamie" (Sylvia)
00:04:24

Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

34
Act 3 - Scene 3 : "Je ne veux rien garder" (Sylvia)
00:01:12

Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

35
Act 3 - Scene 3 : "Venez ! Qui vous arrête ?" (Sylvia)
00:03:23

Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

36
Act 3 - Scene 4 : "Déjà dans la chapelle... " (Chorus)
00:01:05

Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

37
Act 3 - Scene 4 : "De son bonheur mon âme est enivrée" (Leone, Le Roi, Chorus, Don Gaspar)
00:01:42

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

38
Act 3 - Scene 4 : "Déjà dans la chapelle" (Chorus)
00:01:05

Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

39
Act 3 - Scene 5 : "Quel marché de bassesse !" (Chorus)
00:03:17

Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

40
Act 3 - Scenes 6 & 7 : "Le Roi, vers Don Gaspar, en cet instant m'envoie" (Leone, Chorus, Le Moine)
00:03:58

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (The Monk) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

41
Act 3 - Scene 8 : "Sire ! Je vous dois tout" (Leone)
00:01:18

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

42
Act 3 - Scene 8 : "Contre un pacte infâme" (Le Roi, Le Moine, Don Gaspar, Leone, Sylvia, Chorus)
00:03:19

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (The Monk) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

43
Act 3 - Scene 8 : "Marquis de Montréal" (Le Roi, Leone, Sylvia)
00:01:30

Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

44
Act 3 - Scene 8 : "Je maudis cette alliance... Grâce, ô Roi, pour son offense" (Leone, Sylvia, Le Roi, Le Moine, Don Gaspar, Chorus)
00:02:58

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Vito Priante, Baritone (Don Fernand d’Aragon, King of Naples) - Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (The Monk) - Laurent Naouri, Bass (Don Gaspar) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

45
Act 4 - Scene 1 : "Frères, il faut mourir !" (Chorus)
00:02:55

Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

46
Act 4 - Scene 1 : "Les cieux s'emplissent d'étincelles" (Le Supérieur, Chorus)
00:02:33

Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (Father Superior) - Royal Opera Chorus - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

47
Act 4 - Scene 2 : "Dans un instant, mon frère" (Le Supérieur, Leone)
00:02:30

Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (Father Superior) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

48
Act 4 - Scene 3 : "La maîtresse du Roi ?" (Leone)
00:01:09

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

49
Act 4 - Scene 3 : "Hélas ! Envolez-vous, beaux songes !" (Leone)
00:02:29

David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

50
Act 4 - Scenes 4 & 5 : "Êtes-vous prêt ?" (Le Supérieur, Leone, Sylvia)
00:05:15

Evgeny Stavinsky, Bass (Father Superior) - David Junghoon Kim, Tenor (Leone de Casaldi) - Joyce El-Khoury, Soprano (Countess Sylvia de Linarès) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mark Elder, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - French libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz

© 2019 Opera Rara ℗ 2019 Opera Rara

Album Description

Gaetano Donizetti’s Ange de Nisida has had a strange history. It is never included in the composer’s list of operas for a very simple reason: Escaping Italian censorship, Gaetano Donizetti decided to have it performed in French in Paris (libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz). Rehearsals began in 1840, but stopped when the company went bankrupt. Donizetti ended up using some of this work in La Favorite, similar to the way Rossini used Il Viaggio a Reims in Le Comte Ory.


Sir Mark Elder’s record is therefore a world premiere. The maestro is surrounded by outstanding soloists in this recording made in July 2018 at Covent Garden in London. The concert was made in collaboration with the label Opera Rara, dedicated to opera premieres. The opera’s libretto had never been printed before. At the French National Library, the piece required major archival research using three different manuscripts for it to be to put together. Candida Mantica worked as an archeologist carefully exploring and comparing numerous versions including the composer’s own manuscript. The scenes that were discovered were not in the right order and often not fully orchestrated.


Though it was written for France and in French, the opera is a 100% Italian in its style. It shines as a wonderful discovery, even if it never changes our idea of Donizetti. Now that the record is out, we are looking forward to its rendition on stage. The plot takes place in the 15th century on a desert island, the way opera lovers liked at that time. The king of Naples is keeping his mistress a prisoner when a young and fiery tenor falls in love with her. The story goes through many twists, featuring the pope, between comedy and tragedy before its tragic ending for poor Sylvia, who dies, creating one more female martyr in the history of opera. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, London, on 18 and 21 July 2018

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The name of conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) is indissociable from those of composer Richard Strauss and the Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra. As Warner is now re-releasing the recordings made between 1970 and 1975, Qobuz is putting the spotlight on the Straussian legacy of a precise, often incisive conductor, who always paid the greatest attention to the text and its charms.

Orfeo Orchestra: 18th Century French Baroque, Resurrected

Orfeo Orchestra (conducted by György Vashegyi), a prolific performer of French baroque music since its birth, has been honoured in recent years by both Palazetto Bru Zane and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (CMBV) with invitations to record a series of explorations of French lyrical music – both baroque and classical.

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