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Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff

Magazine article Gramophone

Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff

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Mascagni [G]  Guglielmo Ratcliff  Angelo Villari ten             Guglielmo Ratcliff Mariangela Sicilia sop                      Maria David Stout bar                     Count Douglas Annunziata Vestri mez                  Margherita Gianluca Buratto bass                   MacGregor Alexandras Tsilogiannis ten                Lesley Quentin Hayes bass                            Tom Sarah Richmond mez                         Willie 

Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Francesco Cilluffo

RTE Lyric FM (M, 2) CD152 (115' * DDD * S/T/t) Recorded live at the National Opera House, Wexford, October 31, 2015

Wexford Festival Opera is catnip for those seeking out rare repertory. It specialises in digging up long-forgotten relics and has a happy knack of uncovering a gem. Mascagni's Guglielmo Ratcliff is more of a rough diamond, but one that thrilled both in the opera house and now on disc.

Although Cavalleria rusticana was the composer's breakthrough opera, Guglielmo Ratcliff was his first attempt, having to wait until after Cav (and L'amico Fritz) for its premiere. Mascagni adored Andrea Maffei's Italian translation of Heinrich Heine's Wilhelm Ratcliff to the point of obsession, reciting verses while pacing his room. It's a bloody tale, not far removed from Lucia di Lammermoor. Ratcliff, rejected by Maria MacGregor, has twice sought revenge by murdering her fiances on the night before the wedding, each time presenting the unfortunate bride with a blood-soaked wedding ring. …

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