“This benchmark recording presents the complete, four-hour Semiramide with epic dramatic sweep, clean-limbed period-instrument flair and thrilling bel canto from an exceptional cast.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2019

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. We were subsequently asked to extend our agreement to devise longer-term promotional strategies encompassing all of Opera Rara’s on-going plans.

Opera Rara were recently announced winners at the 2019 International Opera Awards for their recording of Rossini’s Semiramide. Their most recent release is the world première recording of Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida, captured in July 2018 at London’s Royal Opera House. In June, they presented Donizetti’s Il Paria with Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican, and in September, release the original version of Puccini’s first stage work, Le Willis, with Ermonela Jaho as Anna, recorded in the studio in November 2018 prior to a performance at the Royal Festival Hall. From September 2019, Carlo Rizzi starts his tenure as Opera Rara’s new Artistic Director succeeding Sir Mark Elder.

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photo credits: (1) Il Paria, June 2019, (2) Le Willis November 2018, (3) L’Ange de Nisida, July 2018, (4) Carlo Rizzi announced as new Artistic Director, all by Russell Duncan