OPERA RARA AUCTION: online auction for opera lovers worldwide

Lots which are anticipated to get opera aficionados’ hearts racing include
LPs and posters signed by Dame Joan Sutherland, rare Maria Callas
recordings and a selection of 19th-century opera posters hand-picked from
Opera Rara’s extraordinary archive. Opera Rara’s Music Director Sir Mark
Elder, together with stars from recent recordings including Spyres,
El-Khoury and Ermonela Jaho have also offered their time to the highest
bidder. Other prizes which will attract opera collectors’ attentions
include prints of 19th-century opera sensations Pauline Viardot and the
Grisi sisters as well as signed photographs by singers including Bruce Ford
and Valerie Masterson.

The brain-child of Patric Schmid and Don White – who together collected the
items on auction – Opera Rara has been in the business of bringing back
forgotten operatic repertoire since its conception in the early 1970’s,
with the operas of the Italian bel canto repertory being a particular
focus. Future CD releases include Bellini’s first opera

Adelson e Salvini

in February conducted by Daniele Rustioni; two discs of bel canto arias
with Michael Spyres and Joyce El-Khoury in July; and Rossini’s


in September featuring Sir Mark Elder conducting the Orchestra of the Age
of Enlightenment with Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova in the title

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product_id=Above: Opera poster from 1910 advertising the first Paris production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte at the ThÈ‚tre Lyrique Municipal (GaÓtÈ)