SIMON MAYR (1763-1845): Elena.
Catalogue Number: 07X027
Description: During the 1813–14 carnival season in Naples, Mayr wrote this much-admired opera semiseria. The post-revolutionary Napoleonic era saw great enthusiasm for the “rescue opera” genre and Elena is a perfect example, in which a complex plot, based on French models, sees an innocent falsely accused of a capital offence. Mayr’s subtle accommodation of Neapolitan opera and Viennese Classicism ensures a series of choruses and recitatives that drive the action forward, punctuated with arias, romances, ensembles, lyric richness and moments of witty buffo color. 2 CDs. Italian libretto available online. Julia Sophie Wagner, Mira Graczyk (sopranos), Daniel Ochoa (bass), Markus Schäfer (tenor), Simon Mayr Chorus, Concerto de Bassus; Franz Hauk.