Nell Miricioiu; Marcus Jerome; Anthony Michaels-Moore; Alastair Miles; Paul Nilon; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra; David Parry - conductor.
Corneilles tragedy Les Horaces concerns a long and bitter feud between two noble Roman families. This violent story is brought vividly to life by Mercadantes 1846 opera. The complex and demanding vocal writing is reminiscent at times of Verdi, the only rival Mercadante faced at this point of his career. The finale, in which Nelly Miricioius impassioned Camilla curses Rome, ranks among the finest scenes in nineteenth-century opera.
'Impeccably performed, recorded and documented.' --David Gyger, Opera Australisia