Leoni, F: L'Oracolo

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Leoni, F: L'Oracolo



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16th Aug 2010




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Leoni, F: L'Oracolo

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)

Chorus of the Frankfurt Opera & Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Stefan Solyom


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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)

Tien Ciang-Ti (Chorus)

Tartarughe! (Opium Addicts, Chorus, Cim-Fen, Hu-Tsin)

Amo (Cim-Fen, Hu-Tsin, Hua-Qui, Chorus)

Ecco il piccolo Dio d'amore! (Hu-Tsin, Ah-Joe, Uin-Sci)

S'invochi Amitabha con il canto! (Uin-Sci, Ah-Joe, Hua-Qui, San-Lui, Cim-Fen, Hu-Tsin, Chorus)

Il Drago! Il Drago! (Chorus)

Donna, non vedo il bambino! (Hu-Tsin, Hua-Qui, Uin-Sci)

Ah-Joe, uno sgomento improviso (San-Lui, Ah-Joe, Hua-Qui)

Si! Scendo giu! (Cim-Fen, San-Lui)

Ferito… L'hanno ferito (Ah-Joe, Hu-Tsin, Cim-Fen, Chorus)

Nulla ancora hai saputo? (Uin-Sci, Hu-Tsin)

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)

International Record Review

December 2010

“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.”

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