Giuseppe Saverio Mercadante was a contemporary of Donizetti and Rossini, and his prolific output of operas proved influential in founding dramatic techniques that were taken on by Verdi. Set in the ancient and besieged city of Carthage, Didone abbandonata is the dramatic and tragic tale of ill-starred lovers whose decisions ultimately place an entire populace in peril. A genuine rarity in the theatre, Didone has strong ties to the 18th century but also points towards the bel canto innovations that were to come. This carefully researched and critically acclaimed production presents the work in the sound and playing style of Mercadante’s time.
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Mercadante: Didone Abbandonata
Viktorija Miskunaite (soprano), Katrin Wundsam and Emilie Renard (mezzo-sopranos), Carlo Vincenzo Allemano and Diego Godoy (tenors), Pietro Di Bianco (bass-baritone)
Coro Maghini, Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro De Marchi (conductor)