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Leoncavallo: Zaza / Jaho, Benini, BBC Symphony

Release Date: 06/10/2016 
Label:  Opera Rara   Catalog #: 55   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Nicky SpenceFflur WynKathryn RudgeSimon Thorpe,   ... 
Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this release of Zazà, we mark our their first recording venture into the musical world of Leoncavallo and the operatic tradition of verismo. Maurizio Benini – Opera Rara’s Associate Conductor – leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ermonela Jaho in her recording debut as the eponymous Zazà. Jaho is joined by Riccardo Massi as her lover Milio; Stephen Gaertner as her onstage partner and former lover Cascart; and Patricia Bardon as her mother Anaide. Written in 1900 for the Teatro Lirico di Milano and conducted at its première by Toscanini, Zazà was Leoncavallo’s most popular opera after Pagliacci.

Opera Rara’s revival of Zazà is based on Leoncavallo’s own 1919 revision of his score which
Read more has been carefully researched by Maurizio Benini. The opera was recorded in the studio a week prior to a concert performance given at the Barbican last November. As The Guardian commented, “History has generally disagreed with [Leoncavallo] – until last Friday night, with Opera Rara’s concert performance. It was an absolute stunner... High voltage-conducting and playing from Maurizio Benini and the BBC Symphony Orchestra added to the intensity... the whole thing was a knock out performance.”
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Works on This Recording

Zazŕ by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Nicky Spence (Tenor), Fflur Wyn (Soprano), Kathryn Rudge (Mezzo Soprano),
Simon Thorpe (Baritone), Stephen Gaertner (Baritone), David Stout (Baritone),
Riccardo Massi (Tenor), Ermonela Jaho (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo Soprano),
Julia Ferri (Voice)
Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 

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