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The Curse Of Christopher Columbus

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
28-06-2019
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Barcode:
5065001218217
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
CARMA002
The Curse Of Christopher Columbus
The Curse Of Christopher Columbus

Description

Carlo Martelli's one-act opera The Curse of Christopher Columbus was commissioned by Shropshire County School of Music in 1992 for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. It is now given its complete premier recording by professional forces on the 83-year-old composer's own label, Carma.

Ronald Corp conducts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the cast includes Sam Evans in the title role, Catherine Hooper as Queen Isabella, Lesley-Jane Rogers who sings the parts of The Caretaker and a frigate bird, Finisterre, Olivia Robinson as another frigate bird Dogger, and John Savournin as The VIP. Sam Evans is also the director of Essential Voices, the group of young professional singers who form the chorus.

Booklet writer Paul Conway notes: "The myth of Columbus as a visionary explorer is thoroughly deconstructed by Chris Eldon Lee's witty and waspish libretto, which reveals the adventurer to be a ruthless and cynical plunderer. Humorous anachronistic references aside, the historical events depicted in the opera are rooted in truth."

The opera recording, made at Angel Studios in London in March 2018, is produced by Philip Lane. The accompanying booklet contains the full libretto by Chris Eldon Lee.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Prelude
  3. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Dark Gallery
  4. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Crowd
  5. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The VIPs Speech
  6. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The VIPs Address
  7. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Caretaker Interrupts
  8. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Caretakers Reply
  9. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Curse
  10. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Columbus Lives
  11. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Columbus Story
  12. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Columbus & Isabella
  13. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Silly Old Courtiers
  14. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Deal
  15. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Permission
  16. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Casting Off
  17. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Columbus Sails
  18. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Shanty
  19. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Doldrums
  20. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The First Curse
  21. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Doldrums Again
  22. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Frigates Hello
  23. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Genius Song
  24. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Frigates Goodbye
  25. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Shanty Two
  26. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Second Curse
  27. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Seeking Landfall
  28. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Landing
  29. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Claim
  30. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Arawak Dance One
  31. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Arawak Dance Two
  32. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Third Curse
  33. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Mutiny
  34. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Pinta Sails
  35. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Storm
  36. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Fourth Curse
  37. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Isabellas Rejection
  38. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Last Curse
  39. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Columbus Regrets
  40. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Prelude Reprise
  41. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Gallery Crowd Again
  42. Royal Ballet Sinfonia - The Disappearance
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