Donizetti: Il Paria will perform at the Barbican

Opera Rara and Britten Sinfonia will collaborate for the first time to present a concert performance of Donizetti’s Il Paria. Conducted by Opera Rara’s artistic director Mark Elder, the performance will build on the rediscovered series of Donizetti’s work.

Set in ancient India, Il Paria, was first commissioned in Naples in 1829 and will be performed again at the Barbican 8 June. Albina Shagimuratova will be collaborating with Opera Rara for the second time with her performance as Neala after her recording of Rossini’s Semiramide, which won the 2019 International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Recording. Making their Opera Rara debuts are tenor Celso Albelo as Idamore, and bass David Luciano as Zarete.

Established in the early 1970s by Patric Schmid and Don White, Opera Rara aim to bring back forgotten operatic repertoire of the 19th century. The company have performed and recorded works with Teatro Verdi in Italy, The Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Edinburgh International Festival.

Il Paria will mark the company’s 26th complete opera recording by Donizetti and Elder’s tenth title by the composer.