“That doesn’t happen too often these days, but the inspirational company Opera Rara, responsible for this often spectacular programme of operatic excerpts, knows where to find them… Not, perhaps, since Nelly Miricioiu revived the bel canto art towards the end of her career have its possibilities seemed so exciting.” The Arts Desk, 15 July 2017

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 1970’s. 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 have subsequently been asked to extend our agreement to plan a longer-term promotional strategy, including through social media, encompassing all of Opera Rara’s on-going plans. Forthcoming projects include the releases of Écho and Espoir featuring Michael Spyres and Joyce El-Khoury, of Rossini’s Semiramide starring Albina Shagimuratova in the title role, and the world premiere of Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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photo credits: (1) Michael Spyres, Joyce El-Khoury and Sir Mark Elder in Donizetti’s Les Martyrs, (2) Simone Alberghini and Enea Scala in Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini, (3) Ermonela Jaho and Riccardo Massi in Leoncavallo’s Zazà(4) Sarah Connolly, Sir Mark Elder and Brenda Rae in Offenbach’s Fantasio, all by Russell Duncan