Opera Rara perform Mercadante’s Il proscritto at the Barbican Hall

Mercadante is the nearly man of Italian opera, with a successful career lasting from 1819 to the 1860s yet never quite achieving the level of prominence, or historical endurance, of…

Opera Rara bring Donizetti’s Il Paria in from the cold

‘Entirely without merit,’ wrote one contemporary reviewer of Donizetti’s Il Paria, which received only six performances in January 1829 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and then disappeared into…