Donizetti, Mayr, Rossini, Meyerbeer, Carafa, Coccia, Mercadante, Lavigna, Pacini

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COMPOSERS: Carafa,Coccia,Donizetti,Lavigna,Mayr,Mercadante,Meyerbeer,Pacini,Rossini
LABELS: Opera Rara
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Duets to Die For
WORKS: Duets by Donizetti, Mayr, Rossini, Meyerbeer, Carafa, Coccia, Mercadante, Lavigna & Pacini
PERFORMER: Nelly Miricioiu, Bruce Ford, Delia Jones, William Matteuzzi, Yvonne Kenny, etc; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, various orchestras/David Parry
Over the past 30 years, the enterprising Opera Rara has revived some gems from the neglected early 19th-century bel canto repertoire. And this compilation of some of the fieriest duets from the operas it’s recorded – by Mercadante, Mayr, Lavigna, Coccia, Carafa, and Pacini, as well as obscure works by the better-known Rossini, Donizetti and Meyerbeer — is both a revelation and a delight. For Opera Rara’s genius lies equally in its ability to attract talent. The cover bills Jennifer Larmore, Renée Fleming, Nelly Miricioiu, William Matteuzzi, Bruce Ford and Alastair Miles. But there are also star turns from Jane Eaglen, Elizabeth Futral, Yvonne Kenny, Diana Montague, Delia Jones, Raúl Giménez, Rockwell Blake and Anthony Michaels-Moore. Claire Wrathall