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Great British Operas On Record

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We’re preparing for our next recording, The Soldier’s Legacy by George Alexander Macfarren. This is an opera da camera, a light-hearted and very amusing piece - there’s more about it on the Quick Links in the left-hand panel.

We’re also delighted to announce that the recording after that is Stanford’s Shamus O’Brien.

Our latest recording, Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante, was released last November and is receiving splendid reviews. The complementary item (as well as the Boult recording of excerpts from Smyth’s Entente Cordiale) is Liza Lehmann’s The Happy Prince. This is a recitation, a setting of the short story of by Oscar Wilde, for reciter and piano. We’re particularly happy to announce that the reciter is Dame Felicity Lott. Dame Felicity is a wonderful supporter of Retrospect Opera’s work, and she jumped at the chance to record the piece. Her speaking voice is so mellifluous! and  this is a very special CD. Here are details about it, and please click here to buy a copy!

These world première recordings are very good indeed, with the instruments and singers, and Dame Felicity, set in a pleasing acoustic. The booklet has been produced to the highest standards, with full texts, in-depth articles and photographs devoted to the performers and the music.’ (Jim Westhead, MusicWeb International)

We have a Youtube channel! It's only a fledgling site at the moment, but do visit it!

Odaline de la Martinez's blog, on the Rhinegold Classical Music site, is about Fête Galante, and is really interesting - please have a look at it.

Smyth on Radio 3! On Saturday, 2 November, Odaline , who conducted the Retrospect Opera recording of Fête Galante (as well as The Boatswain's Mate and The Wreckers), was interviewed on BBC Radio 3's magazine programme Music Matters. It included brief extracts from Retrospect Opera's  recording of Fête Galante.

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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has published David Chandler’s blog on the Jubilee project: click here to see it. It’s a really good read!
Odaline de la Martinez, who has conducted the three Smyth operas that we have (or will have) in our catalogue, is a fine composer in her own right, and her opera Imoinda was performed in London in February and March. She said about it: ‘Briefly: Imoinda - A Story of Love and Slavery (with a libretto by Joan Anim Addo) is based on Aphra Behn’s “Oroonoko the Slave Prince”, but seen from Imoinda’s, his lover, point of view. It traces their journey from Africa, crossing the Atlantic to Cuba. The opera deals with two issues prevalent today: Modern Slavery and Discrimination against Women.

Jeremy Huw Williams was in it (he sang in our recording of The Boatswain’s Mate), and so was Felix Kemp, who sang Pierrot in Fête Galante.

Do take a look at this interview, about Dame Ethel Smyth, broadcast through Pyrford TV ARTS, the Spring Edition. It’s between Tim Matthews and our own Chris Wiley. In the background, you’ll hear parts of the Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate, from Retrospect's recording. It’s really interesting, very well done, and lasts about eight and a quarter minutes. Thank you Chris, Tim, and Pyrford TV Arts! It’s also available through this Youtube link - our bit starts at about 9:04.

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