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Leonarda Balada: Cristóbal Colón - Antonio Lluch (tenor); Carlos Chausson (baritone); Gregorio Poblador (bass); Jesús Sanz Remiro (bass); José Carreras (tenor);...
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Cristóbal Colón (1984-1986) is the first of Spanish-American composer Leonardo Balada's two operas based on the life of the explorer. (The second, La Muerte de Colón [1992-1993], is also available on the Naxos label.) The recording of the first work comes from its premiere production in 1989 at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, and boasts two international superstars, José Carreras and Montserrat Caballé, in the leading roles of Columbus and Queen Isabella. Balada's musical style had been conventionally modernist until the ...