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Donizetti - Belisario

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee, presented by Katie Derham, is a new recording by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Donizetti's rarely heard opera Belisario, conducted by a great champion of the composer, Sir Mark Elder. An immediate success when it premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1836, it disappeared from the repertoire in the late 19th century.

Under the baton of noted interpreter, Sir Mark Elder, a first-rate cast revive Donizetti's setting of the libretto by Salvadore Cammarano which tells the story of the 6th-century Byzantine general, his vengeful wife Antonina, his devoted daughter Irene, and the loyalty of his former prisoner, Alamiro.

Resuming the theme of the Symphony Orchestra's tour around Orkney, Afternoon on 3 ends with Peter Maxwell Davies' famous Orkney Wedding (with Sunrise). Listen out for the bagpipes.

Donizetti: Belisario

Antonina ..... Joyce El-Khoury (soprano)
Belisario ..... Nicola Alaimo (baritone)
Alamiro ..... Russell Thomas (tenor)
Irene ..... Camilla Roberts (soprano)
Justinian ..... Alastair Miles (bass)
Eudora ..... Julia Sporsén (soprano)
Eutropio ..... Peter Hoare (tenor)
Eusebio ..... Edward Price (baritone)
Centurion ..... Darren Jeffrey (bass-baritone)
Ottario ..... Michael Bundy (bass-baritone)
BBC Singers,
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Mark Elder (conductor).

Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

Release date:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 4 Jul 2013 14:00