Earlier this week, Opera Rara’s Artistic Director Carlo Rizzi was awarded the honour of ‘Grande Ufficiale’ (Grand Officer) of the ‘Ordine della Stella d’Italia’ (Order of the Star of Italy), one of two orders of the Italian Republic, for his commitment and contribution to promoting Italian music and culture internationally. Last year, Rizzi, who lives in Penarth, was welcomed to The Gorsedd of the Bards in the 2023 Gorsedd Honours in recognition for his contribution to the Welsh language and public life in Wales.

Artistic Director of Opera rara since 2019, Carlo Rizzi’s next release with the company is its 27th complete Donizetti revival, L’esule di Roma (‘The Exile of Rome’), released on Friday 1 March with Britten Sinfonia. Nicola Alaimois Murena, the Roman senator wracked by guilt for having condemned to exile Settimio, portrayed by Sergey Romanovsky, who is the lover of Murena’s daughter Argelia – sung by Albina Shagimuratova. Alaimo, Shagimuratova and Romanovsky are joined by emerging artists Lluís Calvet i Pey, Kezia Bienek, and André Henriques, all of whom make their recording debuts with this release.

Rizzi will be joined by Nicola Alaimo, Sergey Romanovsky and Kezia Bienek for the online launch of L’esule di Roma on Thursday 29 February. Register here to join the launch from 6pm GMT which will also include introductions from Opera Rara’s Repertoire Consultant Roger Parker and musicologist Eleonora di Cintio.