SIMON MAYR (1763-1845): Il sogno di Partenope.
Catalogue Number: 12Q026
Description: This two-act "staged cantata" or "cantata opera" as Naxos have it, was produced in 1817 to mark the opening of the new San Carlo Theater in Naples, replacing the old one destroyed by fire. We only have the second act extant, which is why this is a single-disc release but the music is as rich and opulent as anything Mayr wrote in this period and will surely leave fans of the composer regretting the loss of its first half. Libretto available on-line. Andrea Lauren Brown, Sara Hershkowitz (sopranos), Florence Lousseau (mezzo), Cornel Frey (tenor), Andreas Burkhart (bass), Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble; Franz Hauk.