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Telling Effect

Gaetano Donizetti's
'La Favorite' -
impresses
GERALD FENECH

'... lovingly produced and passionately executed ...'

Donizetti: La Favorite. © 2015 Opus Arte

La Favorite was premiered in Paris on 2 December 1840, and until 1918 this Donizetti masterpiece was indeed a true favourite with Paris audiences. Then suddenly, after almost seven-hundred performances in the French capital, the opera was consigned to near total oblivion. It is only a recent reappraisal of the work, spearheaded by a growth in scholarly interest in both Donizetti's remarkable output and the complex political manoeuvres of the nineteenth century, that have helped bring the work back into the limelight.

Recording-wise, La Favorite has not had much luck either...

Copyright © 1 July 2015 Gerald Fenech,
Gzira, Malta

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DONIZETTI: LA FAVORITE

GAETANO DONIZETTI

OPUS ARTE

FRANCE

ITALY

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