Notes and Editorial Reviews
Margherita d'Anjou is the fourth of Meyerbeer's six Italian operas. For this recording Opera Rara fields another extraordinary cast with the gifted soprano Annick Massis in the title role. Bruce Ford as Laverenne gives a remarkable performance and the young Italian mezzo-soprano, Daniela Barcellona, is exemplary in the role of Isaura. Alastair Miles (Carlo), Fabio Previati (Michele), and Pauls Putnins (Duke of Gloucester) are all basses par excellence. This highly entertaining opera, so easy on the ear, is helped by the performances of first-rate singers, the fine playing of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the virutoso conducting of David Parry. The 3CD set comes with lavishly illustrated 196 page book including a complete libretto with an English translation. The Meyerbeer scholar Professor Mark Everist gives a detailed contribution to the story behind the opera and its composition.