SAVERIO MERCADANTE (1795-1870): Francesca da Rimini.
Catalogue Number: 03S035
Description: Never performed and never published, this dramma per musica of 1831 had its premiere last July at the Martina Franca festival where these recordings were made. Critics found it highly enjoyable with the three main singers meeting Mercadante’s formidable bel canto demands triumphantly (Paolo is a trouser role taken here by a mezzo-soprano). 3 CDs. Libretto and translation available online. Leonor Bonilla (soprano), Aya Wakizono (mezzo), Merto Süngü (tenor), Antonio Di Matteo (bass), Chorus of the Transylvanian State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca, Orchestra Internazioanle d’Italia; Fabio Luisi.