conducted by Richard Bonynge
Following the success
of Balfe's Satanella we have had
requests to research a number of good
operettas/musicals over the last year.
Amongst the composers, probably the best
to consider is Alfred Cellier
(1844-1891). He wrote six
operettas/musicals and was a chorister
with Sullivan at the Chapel Royal. He
became Sullivan's MD for Savoy Opera premieres in London and New York and for
them wrote 10 curtain-raisers, a few of
which have been of recent interest.
Dorothy was a tremendous West
End success that out-shone the popular
Mikado, playing concurrently.
It seemed that no recording was possible
as the music appeared to be lost.
However, we have at last been able to
assemble a full score and are now in a
position to record.
As before, we are indebted to Richard
Bonynge for giving us his support and
agreeing to conduct the recording. The
lead role of Dorothy will be taken by
the well known soprano Majella Cullagh.
Other parts, chorus and orchestra will
be drawn from the Royal Northern College
of Music in Manchester thus giving them
a valuable opportunity to broaden their
experience at an early stage in their
always, to achieve all this we need your
help. Please see
the flyer for details of how you can
help or contact the chairman, Ray Walker
Michael William Balfe's
The Sleeping Princess
The DIT Conservatory
of Music and Drama is staging a performance of
Balfe's operetta The Sleeping Princess
in Dublin on 22 January at 7.30pm. See
Backdrop to a
by Raymond Walker & David Skelly
hardback theatre book on the scenic
design of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
is shortly to be published by Limited
Edition only. It details theatre
history, lighting, the scenic artists,
their fascinating lives and their
will be listed within the book and
copies will be numbered. See
here for more
for sample pages and any enquiries.
Michael William Balfe's Satanella
performance of Satanella has
now been released on Naxos
8.660378-79. It stars
Sally Silver as Satanella and is conducted
by Richard Bonynge. Details of the recording
can be found here.
The CD set, collectors CD booklet (with full
libretto); original libretto facsimile; vocal score and band parts are available
from Victorian Opera Northwest. Please contact us for details.
Shore & Sea
The recording of Arthur Sullivan's forgotten cantata, On
Shore & Sea (1871) together with the masque Kenilworth (1864) was released in July 2014 on
Dutton CDLX 7310, , conducted by Richard Bonynge, AC CBE. Soloists Sally Silver,
Nico Darmanin, Louise Winter, Donald Maxwell are joined by the John Powell
Singers. See hereb> for details of these
orchestra of Victorian
Opera Northwest under Richard
Bonynge have recorded a number
of Victorian English opera
overtures and they are now available
CD 0123 : British Opera Overtures.
More detail on the content
can be found here.
Northwest are grateful for and rely on the contributions from sponsors who make
these ventures possible. A tremendous amount of work is necessary to resurrect
these works from oblivion and to create fresh scores and parts and sponsors and
subscribers are needed to help meet all the costs. Sponsors' details will be
printed within the CD booklet and they will receive advance complimentary
copies. Please contact
us if you are interested in contributing.
We are very happy to welcome soloists and conductors interested in this genre to join us and take part in the recordings.