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Mercadante: Pelagio / Rivas, Finucci, Polito, Formaggia

Mercadante / Finucci / Polito / Formaggia / Diaz
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 636   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Paola Francesca NataleDanilo FormaggiaClara PolitoConstantino Finucci,   ... 
Conductor:  Mariano Rivas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian International OrchestraBratislava Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mercadante had lived in Spain, where his operas had been popular and appreciated, and it was here that he had started to think about an opera based on a typically Iberian subject to win the appreciation of the local public: the story of the king of the Asturias Pelagio, who in 718 (or, according to other sources, in 722) defeated the Arabs in the battle of Covadonga. The story have left a strong mark on the composer, for almost thirty years later, in 1855, he entrusted the production of a libretto to Marco D’Arienzo, who had already worked with him writing. First performed at the San Carlo theatre in Naples on 13th February 1857, Pelagio is the last but one of the operas that Mercadante saw on stage but in chronological terms, however, this Read more was his last one. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Pelagio by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Paola Francesca Natale (Voice), Danilo Formaggia (Tenor), Clara Polito (Soprano),
Constantino Finucci (Voice), Giovanni Coletta (Tenor), Vladimer Mebonia (Voice)
Conductor:  Mariano Rivas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian International Orchestra,  Bratislava Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1857; Italy 

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