Warner Classics Announces New Deal With Opera Rara, First Collaboration

By David Salazar

Warner Classics has announced that it will now be distributing all of the recordings made by Opera Rara.

Per a press release, the company announced that its first such release will be a new recording of Rossini’s “Semiramide.”

“Warner Classics is proud to announce complete distribution of all of Opera Rara’s new recordings, beginning with a complete studio recording of Rossini’s last and one of his greatest Italian operas, ‘Semiramide,’” said the press release. “Starring Albina Shagimuratova and Daniela Barcellona, and conducted by Sir Mark Elder, this recording includes all of the passages traditionally cut in modern revivals and makes this dramatic masterpiece speak in a new way to today’s opera audience.”

The recording also features Mirco Palazzi, Barry Banks, and Gianluca Buratto. The recording was made at the Henry Wood Hall in August and September of 2016.

This is Opera Rara’s 10th complete recording of an opera by Rossini, joining over 100 recordings made by Opera Rara (there are a total of 55 complete opera recordings). Other future recordings include “L’ange de Nisida” and “Il Paria.”