DONIZETTI Imelda de' Lambertazzi OPERA RARA
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February 01, 2008

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Donizetti Imelda de’ Lambertazzi

Imelda de’ Lambertazzi immediately precedes Donizetti’s first masterpiece, Anna Bolena, and was written for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the same year (1830). However, its fate was very different and scholars now take the view that the composer’s very concision in his setting of the Romeo and Juliet–like plot, in which Imelda loves Bonifacio, the son of the faction hated by her father Orlando and brother Lamberto, wrong-footed the Neapolitan public. The casting politics of Naples also played a role in the Imelda San Carlo reception and, after a brief stage history; the work unfortunately disappeared for well over a century. Now, with Opera Rara’s world premiere studio recording of this innovative work, a wider audience can experience one of Donizetti’s most thrilling and dynamic scores. The wonderful young soprano, Nicole Cabell (Cardiff Singer of the World, 2005), takes the title role, surrounded by an impressive cast with Mark Elder conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.The 2CD set, which includes as an Appendix to the recording the aria finale written specifically for Luigia Boccabadati in 1831. Booklet includes complete libretto with English translation.

Nicole Cabell (Imelda)
James Westman (Bonifacio)
Massimo Giordano (Lamberto)
Frank Lopardo (Orlando)
Brindley Sherratt (Ubaldo)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Mark Elder – conductor