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On this week's WCPE Opera House, I'm pleased to present Gaetano Donizetti's Rosmonda d'Inghelterra (Rosamond of England), a lost opera that was rediscovered in 1975 at the library of the Naples Conservatory. The opera premiered at Florence's Teatro della Pergola on February 27, 1834, was revived in Livorno eleven years later, but then disappeared for 130 years. Felice Romani's libretto was originally written for Carlo Coccia's 1829 opera Rosmunda, and is based on the legend of Rosamund Clifford.
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The opera takes place during the second half of the twelfth century in or near England's Woodstock Castle. Enrico (Henry II of England) (tenor Richard Greager) has returned from the wars to the comforts of his mistress Rosmonda Clifford (soprano Yvonne Kenny) who knows him only by his name. Her father, Gualtier Clifford (bass Christian du Plessis), informs her of her lover’s true identity. Rosmonda is horrified, but the King promises to make her Queen. However, his jealous wife Leonora di Guienna (soprano Milla Andrews) ends the wayward King's affair by stabbing Rosmonda to death.
Alun Foster conducts the Ulster Orchestra and the Opera Rara Chorus in this 1975 Opera Rara recording, CD number LO 7730-31.
Renée Fleming sings Rosmonda's "Perché non ho del vento":
As a bonus, we'll also hear arias and ensembles from Donizett's Gabriella di Vergy; Ugo, Conte di Parigi; L'Assedio di Calais; and Emilia di Liverpool.
Be sure to join me next Thursday, December 3rd, for John Harbison's setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic American novel, The Great Gatsby. Jerry Hadley sings the title role, and Dawn Upshaw is Daisy Buchanan in this 1999 Metropolitan Opera production commissioned in honor of conductor James Levine's 25th anniversary with the company. Heard in other principal roles are Mark Baker (Tom Buchanan), Dwayne Croft (Nick Caraway), Susan Graham (Jordan Baker), Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson (Myrtle Wilson), and Richard Paul Fink (George Wilson).
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