For our new competition, we've teamed up with Medici Arts to bring you the chance to win the two latest releases from ROH Heritage, the label dedicated to releasing archival footage of classic performances from the Royal Opera's archive.
The first new recording comes from 26 November 1964, when a young Gwyneth Jones was singing Leonora in Verdi's Il trovatore. Opposite her was one of the leading Verdi mezzos of her day, Giulietta Simionato, as Azucena, while the recently deceased Peter Glossop was the Conte di Luna. The cast is completed by Bruno Prevedi as Manrico and Elizabeth Bainbridge as Ines, and the legendary Carlo Maria Giulini was the conductor for the performance.
The other new release will be of enormous interest to Wagnerian collectors, as it affords listeners the chance to hear Reginald Goodall conducting Parsifal from a recording made on 8 May 1971. The extraordinary cast has names such as Amy Shuard as Kundry, Jon Vickers in the title role, Donald McIntyre as Klingsor and Norman Bailey as Amfortas.
ROH Heritage began in 2005 with releases of Joan Sutherland in Lucia di Lammermoor and Ramón Vinay as Otello. The success of these initial titles led to further performances being made available, including Solti in Don Giovanni, Janet Baker in Alceste, Haitink's legendary 1997 Meistersinger, an early Don Carlo and Edward Downes in Un ballo in maschera. Forthcoming releases include Kiri Te Kanawa, Agnes Baltsa and Colin Davis in Cosi fan tutte and Jose Carreras and Ileana Cotrubas in La traviata. Full details can be found on the Medici Arts website by clicking here.
For this new competition, we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of each of the two new releases – Parsifal and Il trovatore. All you have to do is answer the following question:
In the recent ROH Heritage release of Wagner's Die Meistersinger, which role is played by Sir Thomas Allen?
a) Hans Sachs
Send an email entitled ROH with your answer, name and address to email@example.com by 3 December 2008. We will not pass your details to any third party, but please indicate if you do not wish to receive further correspondence.
Rules, terms and conditions: 1. This competition is organised by MusicalCriticism.com and Medici Arts. 2. MusicalCriticism.com reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted within the competition notice. 3. In the event of a dispute regarding the terms and conditions, conduct, results and all other matters relating to this competition, the decision of the Editor or Deputy Editor shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 4. The competition is open to residents of the UK only. 5. Contributors and employees, their associates and members of their families and households are not eligible to enter. 6. Only one entry per person is permitted for this competition. 7. Entries received after the closing date of 3 December 2008 will be automatically disqualified. No purchase required. 8. The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date, from all correct entries received by 11.59pm on 3 December 2008. 9. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternatives will be offered. The winner will be notified by email and the prize delivered by post.