“Opera Rara’s splendid concert allowed us to hear this novelty [Le Willis] in its original form for the first time in 134 years, and it proved a winner.” The Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2018

Opera Rara

The brain-child of Patric Schmid and Don White, Opera Rara has been in the business of bringing back forgotten operatic repertoire since its conception in the early 1970s. The company launched with a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall entitled Arias and Ensembles for Forgotten Operas featuring music by Donizetti and Bellini. Two years later, Opera Rara presented its first complete opera, Meyerbeer’s Il crociato in Egitto, which was recorded and broadcast by the BBC. The company has since presented more than 70 performances and made over 100 recordings.

Macbeth Media Relations began working with Opera Rara in autumn 2013 in the lead up to the release of Donizetti’s Belisario and the concert performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio at the Royal Festival Hall, both conducted by the company’s Artistic Director Sir Mark Elder. We were subsequently asked to extend our agreement to devise longer-term promotional strategies encompassing all of Opera Rara’s on-going plans. Following the world première of Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida in July at London’s Royal Opera House, Opera Rara released Rossini’s Semiramide – the first Opera Rara recording distributed internationally by Warner Classics as part of their newly announced partnership – starring Albina Shagimuratova in September, and presented the original version of Puccini’s first stage work, Le Willis, with Ermonela Jaho as Anna at the Royal Fesival Hall in November.

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photo credits: (1 & 5) L’Ange de Nisida July 2018 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, (2) Le Willis November 2018 at the Royal festival Hall, (3 & 4) Semiramide rehearsals August 2016, all by Russell Duncan