OP0346. IL REGGENTE (Mercadante), Live Performance, 2 Sept., 1970, Siena, w.Martinotti Cond. Teatro del Rinnovati Ensemble; Giorgio Merighi, Maria Chiara, Elena Zilio, Dino Formichini, Licino Montefusco, etc. (Italy) 2-Myto 205.28, w.Librrtto=Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Rare Copy!
"This Myto release---now out of print---presents a rare performance of Mercadante's IL REGGENTE, based losely on the same subject as Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. The cast is headed by Maria Chiara, Giorgio Merighi, and the performance dates from 1970. The sound is clear mono, and the performance is very solid and music very agreeable. Sadly, this issue is out of print and hard to find, but it repays a search to hear how Verdi's competitors"
- Boyd Cathey, 13 April, 2010
"Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante was an Italian composer, particularly of operas. While Mercadante may not have retained the international celebrity of Gaetano Donizetti or Gioachino Rossini beyond his own lifetime, he composed as prolific a number of works as either, and his development of operatic structures, melodic styles and orchestration contributed significantly to the foundations upon which Giuseppe Verdi built his dramatic technique."