OP2955. Margherita d'Anjou (Meyerbeer), w.David Parry Cond.London Phil.; Bruce Ford, Annick Massis, Alastair Miles, Daniela Barcellona, Fabio Previati, Colin Lee, Roland Wood, etc. 3-Opera Rara ORC 25. Includes Elaborate 194pp. Libretto-Book. Final Copy! - 0792938002521
“MARGHERITA D’ANJOU is the fourth of Meyerbeer’s six Italian operas. Although he is often accused of imitating Rossini, this engaging opera shows how Meyerbeer uses the musical conventions of the time to forge his own musical style. With this score he challenged the orchestra of La Scala, one of the best in Italy, to its technical limits. New and exciting effects are heard in the orchestration of MARGHERITA D’ANJOU – ideas that would surface again in DINORAH, almost 40 years later. For this recording Opera Rara fields another extraordinary cast with the gifted soprano Annick Massis in the title role. Bruce Ford as Laverenne gives a remarkable performance and the young Italian mezzo-soprano, Daniela Barcellona, is exemplary in the role of Isaura. Alastair Miles (Carlo), Fabio Previati (Michele), and Pauls Putnins (Duke of Gloucester) are all basses par excellence. This highly entertaining opera, so easy on the ear, is helped by the performances of first-rate singers, the fine playing of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the virtuoso conducting of David Parry. Booklet includes complete libretto with English translation."
“Annick Massis has an almost superhuman ability to sing colorature.”
- Robert Thickness, THE TIMES
“The cast is excellent, each singer relishing the difficulties of Meyerbeer's writing and triumphing over them. As Margherita, soprano Annick Massis just keep on going up and up.”
- George Hall, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“Tenor Bruce Ford is firmly established as one of today’s most outstanding singers. He has earned high praise for extraordinary vocal beauty and range, textual vividness, authoritative style and technical prowess. He has recorded seventeen full-length operas for Opera Rara. In addition, Opera Rara has issued a recital disc, ‘Romantic Heroes’, featuring Bruce, as well as a compilation entitled ‘Bruce Ford - Serious Rossini’. He also appears on many of the discs in the ‘Il Salotto’ series. Born in the USA, he has spent most of his 22 year long career in the leading opera houses of Europe and America. After his highly acclaimed début at Pesaro in 1990, he has sung at Covent Garden (Almaviva, Ferrando, Mitridate, Osiride, Tito), La Scala (Uberto in La Donna del Lago and Paolo Erisso in Maometto II), The Metropolitan Opera (Almaviva), the Paris Opéra (Ferrando, Almaviva, Lindoro) and the Glyndebourne, Florence, Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals. He has sung under Claudio Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ricardo Muti, Ivor Bolton, Alberto Zedda, and numerous other well-known conductors.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron