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Donald Macleod looks at Haydn's neglected operas, concentrating on his choice of libretti. Featuring excerpts from Il mondo della luna and La vera costanza.

If Haydn's operas have failed to catch on, it's certainly not the fault of the music. Donald Macleod considers the composer's dreadful choice of libretti. In terms of textual turkey, La vera costanza is a prime offender, yet it contains some of Haydn's most inspired music.

Il mondo della luna (Act 2 - finale)
Domenico Trimarchi (baritone)
Luigi Alva, Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Frederica von Stade, Lucia Valentini-Terrani (mezzo-soprano)
Arleen Auger, Edith Mathis (soprano)
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Antal Dorati (conductor/continuo)
Philips 473 851-2, CD9, Trs 26-28

Il Mondo della luna (Act 3)
Domenico Trimarchi (baritone)
Luigi Alva, Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Frederica von Stade, Lucia Valentini-Terrani (mezzo-soprano)
Arleen Auger, Edith Mathis (soprano)
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Antal Dorati (conductor/continuo)
Philips 473 851-2, CD10 (Trs 1-5)

Aria di Donna Stella: D'una sposa meschinella (insertion aria for Paisiello's La Frascatana)
Edith Mathis (soprano)
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Armin Jordan (conductor)
Philips 473 851-2, CD10, Tr 11

So che una bestia sei (La vera costanza - Act, Masino)
Domenico Trimarchi (baritone)
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Antal Dorati (conductor)
Philips 473 476-2, CD 9, Tr 6

La vera costanza (Act 1, Finale)
Jessye Norman, Helen Donath, Kari Lovaas (soprano)
Claes H Ahnsjo, Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Wladimiro Ganzarolli, Domenico Trimarchi (baritone)
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Antal Dorati (conductor)
Philips 473 476-2, CD 9, Trs 17-20.

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