A MERCADANTE DISCOGRAPHY

"COMPLETE" AND ABRIDGED OPERAS

Elisa e Claudio: a fairly badly cut performance, starring Virginia Zeani, exists on CD.

Caritea, Regina di Spagna exists in a complete version on CD.

Zaira is available in an abridged version on CD.

Emma d'Antiocchia was recorded (late summer 2003) by Opera Rara and was released in May 2004 on CD. The leading singers are Nellie Miricioiu, Maria Costanza Nocentini, Bruce Ford and Roberto Servile.

Il Giuramento exists on CD in several different versions.

Le Due Illustri Rivali: a particularly lovely work, only on LP, in poor sound, and with an inadequate cast.

Elena da Feltre: The opera was performed in Wexford in October 1997, and an excellent recording was released on the International market in early 1999. Extended excerpts (about half the score) also exist on a long discontinued CD. For a review of the Wexford performance, please go to the website of Andrew Cooper which is dedicated to the Wexford Festival.

Il Bravo: Both the Rome (1976) and Martina Franca (1990) performances are available.

La Vestale: The only available recording is that from Split, in fine sound, but with a less than stellar cast.

Il Reggente The Siena performance from 1970 was first issued on LP (MRF), and more recently on CD (Myto)

Orazi e Curiazi: There are two different recordings, both of Opera Rara performances: One only on LP, and the other only on CD.

Virginia: The Opera Rara performance of 1976 was issued on a now very hard to find LP.

Details on each of these recordings are or will be available on subsidiary "pages".

INDIVIDUAL EXCERPTS

Note: This is a selective listing as far as it applies to excerpts on LP from operas that are available complete on CD. No attempt will be made to list all excerpts all of these, except when it is felt that either the performance or the sound is markedly superior.

L'Apoteosi d'Ercole

Quartet: Ambo unite!...come palpiti cor mio! EidwennHarry, Della Jones, Paul Nilon, Geoffrey Dolton in Opera Rara ORCH 103

Amleto

Finale I: Qui fu comesso, o popoli Theresa Goble, Susan McCulloch, Diana Montague, Ashley Thorburn, Ian Thompson in Opera Rara ORCH 104

Andronico

"Vanne se alberghi in petto" Majella Cullagh and Jennifer Larmore in Opera Rara ORR231

"Nel seggio placido" Majella Cullagh and Laura Polverelli in Opera rara ORR 236

Il posto abbandonato

"Vieni almeno, o mia speranza" Elinor Amlen in AFPC02 (LP)

Nitocri

Aria: Se m'abbandoni: Della Jones in Opera Rara ORCH 104

La testa di Bronzo

Overture: in Opera Rara ORCH 104

Gabriella di Vergy

Sestetto: Ah! che dici! quant'immagini crudeli.. Jennifer Rhys-Davies, Claire Daniels, Paul Nilon, Jonathan Viera, Karl Morgan Daymond, Ivan Sharpe in Opera Rara ORCH 104

Zaira

Duet: Io trovero nell'Asia: Erica Busch, Christian du Plessis

I Normanni a Parigi "Che tento! Che spero!" Annick Massis, Laura Polverelli, Kenneth Tarver in Opera rara ORR 236

Emma d'Antiochia Scena, Aria, e duetto finale: In quest'ora fatale: Nelly Miricioiu. Mary Plazas and Ashley Holland in Opera Rara ORR217

I briganti

Duet: Deh! risparmia ch'io racconti; Manlio Rocchi, Loris Gambelli in Hit MR30.1 (LP)

Il giuramento

Aria: La dea di tutti i cor..Bella adorata invognita Jose Carreras on Philips 434-152-2

Or la sull'onda; Agnes Baltsa on Orfeo C171881

Compiuto e ormai.. Fu celeste; Jose Carreras on Philips 434-152-2

Le due illustre rivali

Duet: Leggo gia nel vostro cor: Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto on London OS26652 (LP)--also available on CD

Elena da Feltre Slternate aria: "Parmi che alfin dimentica" Majella Cullagh in Opera rara ORR 236

La vestale

Scena ed invettiva di Metello: Bernardo del Bagno; Antologia Discografica S. Mercadante vol. I (LP)

Leonora "Tu tremi indegno" Bruce Ford, Roland Wood, Alan Opie, Henry Waddingtonin Opera rara ORR 236

La schiava Saracena

Overture in ....

Pelagio

Preghiera di Bianca: Magda Olivero on MRF 88 (LP)and as a "bonus in the Melodram recording of Elisa e Claudio on CD (Melodram CDM 27009)

Virginia

Aria: Ah!tant'oltre non credea-Al cor furente ed ebro: Bruce Ford in ORR 202

Aria: Sulle materne ceneri-E dolce al par d'Icilio; Renata Scotto in MRF 103 (LP)

Chorus: Corteo al tempio di Imene: as a "bonus" in the Melodram recording of Elisa e Claudio on CD (Melodram CDM 27009)

"Paventa insano gli sdegni miei" Majella Cullagh, Bruce Ford, Alan Opie in Opera rara ORR 236

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