Superb from the word 'go'
Donizetti's last Tudor Queen returns to Rome,
and Carmela Remigio enchants GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Gaetano Donizetti composed four operas about the Tudor Queens during a seven year time span, from 1830 to 1837. The texts were written by different librettists; three of the four operas (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux) form a tragic trilogy. As such, they were staged and sung by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera in the mid-1970s, toured all over the United States and recorded by EMI (on a small boxed set that's now hard to find). The fourth opera (Elisabetta al Castello di Kenilworth) was performed only once in modern times, in Bergamo in 1989. It is an opera seria with a happy ending which features a very difficult cavatina (the aria with which the singer enters the stage) full of technical fireworks; Mariella Devia sang it in Bergamo and on the ensuing recording...
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