Donald Macleod explores Donizetti's life and work, focusing on his commission to write Linda di Chamonix, a new opera for the Karntnertor theatre in Vienna, as well as his appointment to a prestigious honorary position as court composer to the Austrian emperor Ferdinand I . Donizetti once quipped that this was 12,000 francs 'for doing nothing'.
The programme ends with a complete performance of the final act of Maria di Rohan, also written for Vienna, and considered to be one of the most tautly constructed of Donizetti's romantic melodramas.
Arrete... (Dom Sebastien - 1843, Act 4)
Dom Juan de Sylva, Grand Inquisitor ...... Alastair Miles
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Mark Elder (conductor)
Opera Rara ORC33, CD 3 Tr 5
Linda di Chamounix - 1841-2 (Sinfonia to Act 1)
Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli
Tullio Serafin (conductor)
Philips 442 093-2, CD 1 Tr 1
Ah, cosi santo affetto; Avvi un Dio; Bella e di sol vestita; So per prova il tuo bel core; Scena e terzetto finale (Maria di Rohan - 1843, Act 3)
Enrico ...... Paolo Coni
Maria ...... Mariana Nicolesco
Riccardo ...... Giuseppe Morino
De Fiesque ...... Giacomo Colafelice
Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia Opera
Massimo de Bernart (conductor)
Brilliant Classics 92462, CD 2 Trs 4-8.