Lost 19th Century Gaetano Donizetti Opera to Receive World Premiere This July

A lost opera, composed by Gaetano Donizetti, is set to receive its world premiere performance in July - almost 180 years after it was written

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A lost opera, ‘L’Ange de Nisida’, written by noted Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti is set to receive its world premiere performance in London, in July – almost 180 years after it was written.

Donizetti was a leading figure in 19th century Italian music – along with Giuseppe Verdi and Vincenzo Bellini.

It is understood multiple fragments of the never-performed operatic work were found and deciphered by Southampton University PhD student Candida Mantica – scattered amongst 18 archive folders in Paris’ National Library of France.

The work, telling the story of a soldier, Leone, who falls in love with his king’s mistress, will be premiered by the Opera Rara on the 18th of July at Covent Garden, in London – conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

“It’s a work of top quality … very beautiful,” Sir Elder has told local media.

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