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Donizetti: La Favorita / Questa, Barbieri, Tagliabue, Raimondi

Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1494   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Gianni RaimondiCarlo TagliabueFedora BarbieriGiulio Neri
Conductor:  Angelo Questa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra TurinItalian Radio Chorus Turin
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The great conductor Arturo Toscanini once said, “the opera La Favorita is all beautiful; the last act — every note a masterpiece.” Perhaps even more impressive, however, was the verdict of Richard Wagner, who dismissed most Italian operas; nevertheless he asserted that in Favorita, “there is greater skill, and a dignity you would seek in vain in the other countless works of the inexhaustible maestro” — referring to Donizetti’s amazing fecundity, often resulting in two or three new operas per year. In La Favorita, a young monk leaves his order to pursue the beautiful Leonora, unaware that she is the secret “favorite” (mistress) of King Alfonso XI of Spain. When he finds out he angrily rejects her, but at the end they are reconciled, and she Read more dies in his arms. Read less

Works on This Recording

La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Gianni Raimondi (Tenor), Carlo Tagliabue (Baritone), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano),
Giulio Neri (Bass)
Conductor:  Angelo Questa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Language: Italian 

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