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    Default Opera Rara fans?

    I was wondering whether there were any other Opera Rara fans here. My stepdad introduced me to the series and I really dig the delightfulness of the bel canto era.

    Anyone?

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    Yes I am .
    Donizetti's Rosmonda d"Inghlitera is one of my favorites.

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    Very expensive to buy in USA, but many are on spotify premium and I check them out when I have time....

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    What makes an opera rare? Lack of a commercial DVD release? If so, then Flotow's Martha would be rare. Great opera too.

    I just discovered a website that has rare operas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    What makes an opera rare?
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    Often the fact no-one wants to listen to it because it's not very good!

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    Opera Rara is a music label focused on bel canto rare operas and salon songs. based out of England. And rare operas can be exceptional. It is a matter of historical circumstance and good marketing sometimes!

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    Can be expensive, so I usually wait until MDT or Presto has a sale and load up. Really a super job of supporting materials--libretto, historical notes, biographical notes, discussion of the different editions (often with added recordings of important variants). I'd like to see a few more composers as Donizetti is featured very heavily. Luckily Ediciones Singulares is helping out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Often the fact no-one wants to listen to it because it's not very good!
    That's a little cruel in my opinion, they have treasures we otherwise never had heart of.

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    I plan to get my Opera Rara fix via iTunes and save myself some cash

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    I'm a big fan, and I own quite a few of their recordings. Their attention so far is mainly Donizetti and Rossini, but I particularly appreciate also some jewels like Mayr's "Ginevra di Scozia", Bellini's "La straniera", Pacinis's "Maria regina d’Inghilterra" or Pauline Viardot's "Cendrillon".

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    They have released a couple of Meyerbeer operas I'm quite keen to hear- 'Il crociato in Egitto', 'Margherita d'Anjou', and finally 'L'esule di Granata' (which I'd never even heard of til today. It sounds a bit like a dessert )

    I haven't actually taken the plunge and bought any of them yet because I don't usually enjoy modern opera singing at all, and these recordings all date from the 1980s onwards. The desire to discover new and interesting repertoire is always at war with the part of me that wants to stay in a timewarp of Edwardian recordings, which are more notable for stylish singing than for diversity of repertoire, and complete recordings from that time are very few indeed. So until I find a way to square that circle, I probably won't be adding Opera Rara CDs to my collection.

    Has anyone heard their Meyerbeer? Any good?

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    Too spensive for this guy.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Meyerbeer spent quite some time in Italy, writing Italian opera, before moving to France. Of these operas, my favorite by far is "Il Crociato in Egitto". Meyerbeer wrote one of the last roles for a crastato (Armando, sung in the premiere by Giovanni Battista Velluti). It's a very nice Belcanto opera. There is also a nice DVD available, that I can recommend better than the Opera Rara release, even if the singing is certainly uneven:



    "L'esule di Granata" was not a success even in Meyerbeer's own times. Opera Rara's recording is not complete, but didn't leave me wanting for more.

    "Margherita d'Anjou" is somewhat in the middle between these other two, in my view. Interesting stuff, with a nice libretto by Felice Romani (that also wrote "L'esula"), and the recording of Opera Rara is well sung, in my view. It could be a very nice experience for the Italian Belcanto opera fan.
    Last edited by schigolch; Dec-21-2014 at 00:36.

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    Thank you once again, Schigolch! I will have to check those out. Is there anything about opera on record that you don't know? I am in awe of your erudition!

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    Actually to save money I have been planning to download my Opera Rara stuff from iTunes which cuts on the price quite a bit.

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