Retrospect Opera

Great British Operas On Record

Raymond and Agnes by Edward Loder

    The middle decades of the nineteenth century saw the development of English Romantic opera, of which Edward Loder’s Raymond and Agnes of 1855 stands as the supreme example. Loder, ‘a German Student in music’ as he called himself, drew on the example of Carl Maria von Weber in this, his chef-d’œuvre, a passionate Gothic love story set long ago in a Romantic Germany of forest and castle. His dramatic command of Edward Fitzball’s emotionally turbulent and complex plot has been hailed as truly Verdian.
    Agnes loves Raymond, but her guardian, the sinister Baron of Lindenberg, believes he must marry her to lift a curse which has afflicted his family for generations. When Raymond sets out to rescue her, dark secrets are revealed, and a train of startling events is set in motion that can only end in death.

  • CD1 - tracks 1-24 - Act I and Act II (beginning) (72.38)
  • CD2 - tracks 1-23 - Act II (conclusion) and Act III (75:51)
  • The cast is: 
Raymond - Mark Milhofer
Agnes - Majella Cullagh
The Baron of Lindenberg - Andrew Greenan
Madelina - Carolyn Dobbin
Antoni - Quentin Hayes
Theodore - Alessandro Fisher
Francesco - Alexander Robin Baker
Landlord - Timothy Langston
Roberto - Phil Wilcox
Martini - David Horton

Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Retrospect Opera Chorus (Chorus master Matthew Morley)
Conducted by Richard Bonynge
  • The 56-page booklet includes the full libretto, a Foreword by Richard Bonynge, three essays (by Nicholas Temperley, David Chandler, and Valerie Langfield) and a synopsis. 
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