Until recently the era of English Romantic Opera (1834–1867) was a closed book to all but a few historians and enthusiasts. It has begun to re-emerge with professional recordings of operas by such once celebrated composers as Michael William Balfe, George Alexander Macfarren, and William Vincent Wallace. But there is one opera that stands out from the rest: Edward James Loder’s Raymond and Agnes, premiered at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, in 1855 and revived at the St James’s Theatre, London, in 1859. Retrospect Opera is delighted to announce that Richard Bonynge will conduct the Royal Ballet Sinfonia in our recording, scheduled for October 2017, in St Jude’s, Hampstead, London.
Richard Bonynge accompanies and mezzo-soprano Christine Tocci features in duets and solos.
Recording in the Blackburn Hall at The National Opera Studio in Wandsworth, London with recording engineers Morgan Roberts and Anthony Philpot. Jeremy Silver is the music producer on this recording for the SOMM label.