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Verity Sharp presents a studio recording based on a concert performance of Leoncavallo's opera Zaza, starring Patricia Bardon and Riccardo Massi. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Verity Sharp presents a studio recording based on a concert performance the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave, in collaboration with Opera Rara, of Leoncavallo rarely-heard verismo opera Zazà. Set in a cafe-concert called the Alcazar in Paris in the 1890s, Zaza is the star performer. She falls in love with one of the Alcazar's patrons, a businessman called Milio Dufresne and they begin an affair. Suspecting Milio might have another woman, Zaza visits his house where she discovers that he not only has a wife, but a young daughter too. She selflessly dismisses Milio from her life to shield his family from disrepute.

Leoncavallo Zazà

Zazà .... Ermonela Jaho (soprano)
Anaide ..... Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)
Floriana ..... Fflur Wyn (soprano)
Natalia ..... Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
Milio Dufresne ..... Riccardo Massi (tenor)
Cascart .... Stephen Gaertner (baritone)
Bussy .... David Stout (baritone)
Duclou ..... Simon Thorpe
Marco ..... Edward Goater (tenor)
Augusto ..... Christopher Turner (tenor)
A gentleman ..... Robert Anthony Gardiner (tenor)
Courtois ..... Nicky Spence (tenor)
Signora Dufresne ..... Helen Neeves (soprano)
Totò ..... Julia Ferri (spoken role)
Claretta .... Eleanor Minney (mezzo-soprano)
Simona ..... Rebecca Lodge (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Maurizio Benini (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Opera Matinee

    • Ruggero Leoncavallo


      Singer: Ermonela Jaho. Singer: Patricia Bardon. Singer: Fflur Wyn. Singer: Kathryn Rudge. Singer: Ricardo Massi. Singer: Stephen Gardner. Singer: David Stout. Singer: Simon Thorpe. Singer: Edward Goater. Singer: Christopher Tucker. Singer: Robert Anthony Gardiner. Singer: Nicky Spence. Singer: Helen Neeves. Narrator: Julia Ferri. Singer: Eleanor Minney. Singer: Rebecca Lodge. Choir: BBC Singers. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Maurizio Benini.

      Recorded 21 November 2015 at BBC Maida Vale Studio 1

  • Benjamin Britten


    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Jennifer Johnston.

    BBC recording - 27 October 2012


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Singers
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra