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L'Ange de Nisida — Resurrecting a lost opera

5 July 2018
Swiss Church

Conductor Mark Elder talks about the new performing edition of Donizetti’s opera in this guest insight from Opera Rara, who are collaborating with The Royal Opera to present L’Ange de Nisida.

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Join conductor Mark Elder and Italian opera expert Roger Parker for this Opera Rara insight event exploring how a new performing edition of Donizetti’s opera L’Ange de Nisida was constructed. They will be joined by singers Anush Hovhannisyan (soprano) and Nico Darmanin (tenor). L'Ange de Nisida receives its world premiere performances at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 18 and Saturday 21 July 2018.

Donizetti planned L’Ange de Nisida to be one of his first operas written for Paris, but the theatre that was to stage it went bankrupt before the work could have its premiere. Never one to waste his compositions, Donizetti incorporated some of the music into his grand opera, La Favorite. The ground-breaking project to restore the never-before-heard L’Ange de Nisida is the brainchild of Dr Candida Mantica, who painstakingly pieced together fragments of the opera that she discovered in locations worldwide in order for Opera Rara to create this new performing edition.