Donizetti Le Duc d’Albe
Laurent Naouri, Michael Spyres, Angela Meade, Gianluca Buratto, David Stout, Trystan Llyr Griffiths, Robin Tritschler, Dawid Kimberg; Opera Rara Chorus/Stephen Harris; Hallé/Sir Mark Elder
Opera Rara ORC54
Reviewed May 2016
There are those who dislike Donizetti, but even they will be swayed by Elder’s deeply committed performance of this late and incomplete opera. The story may be fanciful, but the music of the first two acts is vintage Donizetti, and Elder’s cast sing for their lives, particularly Michael Spyres as the rebel and Laurent Naouri as the eponymous villain.
Audio clip: 'Ton ombre murmure' from Act II, Scene 3