Opera Rara Il Paria

Il Paria Donizetti Opera Rara CD release

Opera Rara’s latest recording of Donizetti’s Il Paria was released internationally by Warner Classics on 15th January 2021. Conducted by former Opera Rara Artistic Director Sir Mark Elder, Il Paria was recorded in the studio prior to a performance at London’s Barbican Centre in June 2019 with Britten Sinfonia.  Set in 16th-century India, Il Paria is a powerful and moving story of impossible love, social barriers and religious intolerance. Donizetti was particularly proud of his work, reusing many of its melodies in future compositions.

  • Limelight – Editor’s Choice of the Month
  • Presto Music – Album of the Week
  • BR Klassik – Album of the Week

Cast

AKEBARE, high priest and leader of the Brahmins, Neala’s father ………… Marko Mimica
NEALA, priestess in the cult of the sun, Akebare’s daughter …………………. Albina Shagimuratova
ZARETE, Idamore’s father ……………………………………………………………………………… Misha Kiria
IDAMORE, leader of the army and Zarete’s son ……………………………………….. René Barbera
EMPSAELE, Brahmin and Akebare’s confidant ………………………………………….. Thomas Atkins
ZAIDE, priestess ………………………………………………………………………………………………. Kathryn Rudge
Chorus of Brahmins, Priests, Priestesses, Bayadères, Trumpeters,
Warriors, People, Guardians of the Temple, Fakirs …………………………………… Opera Rara Chorus (Stephen Harris, chorus director)

Britten Sinfonia (Thomas Gould, Leader)
Sir Mark Elder, conductor

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