OP0620. MARIA, REGINA D'INGHILTERRA [under the name of MARIA TUDOR] (Pacini), Live Performance, 1983, London, w.David Parry Cond. Penelope Walker, Keith Lewis, Christopher Blades, Assen Vassilev, Marilyn Hill Smith, etc. (Italy) 2-Italian Opera Rarities LO 7714/15, w.29pp Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
“This fascinating opera dates from Pacini's richest and most mature period. Victor Hugo's passionate play about Mary Tudor provides ample opportunity for music that is at once dramatic yet compellingly lyrical. Listeners are likely to find themselves playing straight through from start to finish.”
- John Steane, GRAMOPHONE
“Giovanni Pacini (1796-1867) was a contemporary of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, but while their work has survived and flourished, his considerable output (more than 70 operas) has faded into oblivion. His work was conventional for its time, lying somewhere between the bel canto lyricism of Bellini and the dramatic power to come from Verdi, without the melodious inspiration of the former or the urgent vitality of the latter. His best-known and most successful work was SAFFO (Naples, 1840), and MARIA REGINA D'INGHILTERRA was also greeted with acclaim at its premier in Palermo in 1843. However, after a decade or so it came to seem old-fashioned and disappeared from the stage….What we have is no neglected masterpiece, but it is an interesting example of mid-nineteenth century Italian opera, given a workmanlike production, that is well worth hearing as long as you don't expect too much from it.”
- Alexander J. Morin, Classical.Net