Opera Rara Donizetti 4 CD
Bruce Ford, Majella Cullagh, Paul Austin Kelly, Mathew Hargreaves, Cristina Pastorello, Dominic Natoli, Diana Montague, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor David Parry.
Although it was Donizetti’s first theatrical success, the original 1822 version of this violent love story was never given a complete performance because the tenor cast in the role of the hero died shortly before the first night. Even so, Donizetti quickly adapted this role for a mezzo-soprano, achieving his first theatrical success. Opera Rara presents the world premiere of the original tenor version. In addition the recording includes six more pieces written for the 1824 revival.
'A major discovery'
--Michael Oliver, Classic FM Magazine
'Majella Cullagh’s Zoraida has a lovely, keenly produced soprano .. used to fine effect'
--ALAN BLYTHE Gramophone.