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Richard Bonynge

Shield: Rosina (CD)

Among the bel canto and verismo operatic repertoire Richard Bonynge recorded for Decca, he also found time to unearth much hitherto forgotten ballet scores as well as forgotten music from the Baroque and Classical eras. He also recorded three largely forgotten Baroque operas – Graun’s Montezuma and Bononcini’s Griselda (both in highlight form) and Shield’s Rosina (complete). All three recordings emanated from the 1960s and many included Australians in the casts, among them Margreta Elkins and Kenneth MacDonald.

The music, in genial pastoral style, bubbles away and the overture in particular will amuse with its incorporation of "Auld lang syne" towards the end. The notes are lifted from the LP and are written in entertaining mock-eighteenth century style by producer David Harvey. According to ‘Gramophone’, the original (1966) release marked the first time that an English opera of the late eighteenth century had been recorded with its original orchestration (albeit, not on period instruments).


Rosina: Margreta Elkins
Phoebe: Elizabeth Harwood
William: Monica Sinclair
Mr. Belville: Robert Tear
Captain Belville: Kenneth MacDonald
A Rustic: Kenneth MacDonald
The Ambrosian Singers
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge