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Johann Simon Mayr: Elena - Andreas Mattersberger (bass); Anna Feith (soprano); Anna-Doris Capitelli (mezzo-soprano); Daniel Ochoa (bass);...
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Composer Johann Simon Mayr sought and found fame in Italy, writing some 70 operas. They are now all but forgotten, but the Naxos label has revived some of them as well as Mayr's other music. Elena was first staged in Naples in 1814, ran for 40 performances, and spread to other Italian houses, including La Scala in Milan; it is their version that is heard here, with secco recitatives in place of the original's spoken dialogue. It was designated as an opera semiseria or opera eroicomico ("heroic-comic"), and its complex ...