GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791-1864): Romilda e Costanza (World Premiere Recording).
Catalogue Number: 12W030
Description: Meyerbeer had already won renown in Italy before conquering Paris with a sequence of much-acclaimed grand operas. In a musical climate dominated by Rossini this, Meyerbeer’s first Italian opera, earned the still-unknown 26-year-old composer the sobriquet of ‘the genius of the Spree’. The work is a rescue opera overlaid with a love triangle, which was written for specific performers, and the passionate intensity of feeling – from lyricism to unfettered virtuosity – reflects the semi seria nature of the opera. It is performed here in the original version heard at the 1817 premiere. 3 CDs. Italian libretto available online. Sara Blanch (Luiza Fatyol), Chiara Brunello (contralto), Patrick Kabongo (tenor), Javier Povedano (bass-baritone), Górecki Chamber Choir, Passionart Orchestra; Luciano Acocella.