'La Favorite' -
'... lovingly produced and passionately executed ...'
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