Glimmerglass Opera to Release First-Ever Recording of Mines of Sulphur

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The Glimmerglass Opera's 2004 production of Richard Rodney Bennett's The Mines of Sulphur will be released on the Chandos label on July 26. The live CD will be the first recording ever issued of the opera.

The Mines of Sulphur, a gothic tale about a murderous maid, her henchmen, and a troupe of actors that they encounter, had its world premiere in London in 1965. It has been produced just once since in the U.K. The Glimmerglass staging, the American premiere, came about when another production— a new work by Stephen Hartke— fell through.

The production starred mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton as the maid Rosalind and tenor Brandon Jovanovich and baritone James Maddalena as her henchmen, Boconnion and Tovey. The cast also includes bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter as Braxton and Sherrin, mezzo-soprano Dorothy Byrne as Leda, tenor Brian Anderson as Fenney, soprano Caroline Worra as Jenny, and baritone Michael Todd Simpson as Tooley. Music director Stewart Robertson conducted.

"Our work with Chandos has produced a recording that truly captures Glimmerglass Opera's innovative programming and artistic excellence," said Paul Kellogg, artistic director of Glimmerglass Opera. "We are delighted that our production of this powerful and exciting work will be made available to opera lovers everywhere by one of classical music's most distinguished labels."

The Glimmerglass production moves to New York City Opera in October, where the cast will include Jessie Raven, Mark Duffin, and William Ledbetter. NYCO music director George Manahan will conduct.

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