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Censorship City

Donald Macleod on how Donizetti became exasperated by the pettiness and incompetence of Naples's opera houses and felt frustrated by the attitude of the city's strict censors.

Gaetano Donizetti composed almost 70 operas in 19th-century Italy, the age of the impresario, the prima donna and the star tenor. Donald Macleod traces his extraordinary life.

As a successful composer, Donizetti was exasperated by the pettiness and incompetence of Naples' opera houses, and deeply frustrated by the attitude of the city's strict censors. When his leading lady defied them by swearing on stage, Donizetti's career hung in the balance. Featuring recordings by Anna Netrebko, Beverly Sills and Thomas Hampson.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Lucia di Lammermoor - opera seria in 3 acts

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Performer: Anna Netrebko. Performer: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Milan Verdi Chorus.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 0289 474 8002 0.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Requiem in D minor (In memoriam Bellini)

    Conductor: Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez. Performer: Bamberg S O.. Performer: Bamberg Symphony Chorus.
    • Orfeo.
    • C172881.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Marino Faliero - opera

    Conductor: Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez. Performer: Samuel Ramey. Performer: Thomas Hampson. Performer: Munich Radio Orchestra.
    • Teldec.
    • 13149.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Maria Stuarda - opera seria in 3 acts

    Conductor: Aldo Ceccato. Performer: Beverly Sills. Performer: Louis Quilico. Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4712212.

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