Annalisa Raspagliosi (Ah-Joe), Carlo Ventre (San-Lui), Ashley Holland (Old Wise Man), Peter Sidhom (Cim-Fen), Franz Mayer (Hu-Tsin), Katharina Magiera (Hua-Qui), Pere Llompart, Lars Rößler, Ricardo Iturra & Pavel Smirnov (Opium Addicts/Salesmen)
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Franco Leoni was born in Milan in 1864 and in 1892 moved to London, where he achieved some popularity as a song and opera composer. This opera, based on the drama “The cat and the Cherub” by Chester Bailey Fernald was premiered at Covent Garden in 1905. The work became a repertoire staple at the Metropolitan Opera in the twenties and thirties but then disappeared almost completely.
Franco Leoni: L'oracolo
Wu-fet, tan-hae, fu-lu, sam-ciau (Cim-Fen)
Cim-Fen, non airarti! (Hua-Qui, Cim-Fen)
Lo porterai? (Cim-Fen, Hua-Qui)
Sapiente dottore, presto vai oggi al tempio (Cim-Fen, Uin-Sci)
Pensa prima all'uomo lussurioso (Uin-Sci, Cim Fen, San-Lui)
Bianca luce silente, alba spaziosa (Ah-Joe, San-Lui)
Il bimbo, il bimbo mio e ritornato! (Hu-Tsin, Uin-Sci, Cim-Fen)
La demente! (Cim-Fen, Uin-Sci)
Senti il rombo del sangue vertiginoso? (Uin-Sci)
Pensa prima all'uono lussurioso (Uin-Sci)
“Leoni's orchestral score is clearly the work of a minor master, a composer who knew and learned from his contemporaries Debussy, Puccini and Strauss...Certainly, for anyone new to the piece, this is a dramatically and musically compelling account of Leoni's score...Both singers [Ventre and Raspagliosi] have this music in their blood and sing it lustily.”