STANISLAW MONIUSZKO (1819-1872): Verbum nobile.
Catalogue Number: 04O042
Description: Dealing with mistaken identity and a Polish nobleman's word of honor (thus the Latin title), this breezy little one-act comic opera was premiered on New Year's Day in 1861. A rural setting and 18th century Enlightenment nostalgia, a touch of folk music (a lovely sad Dumka for the leading lady being the most authentic) and Moniuszko serves up another delicious light cocktail. Polish-English libretto. Aleksander Teliga (bass), Aleksandra Buczek (soprano), Leszek Skrla, Michal Partyka (baritones), Janusz Lewandowski (bass-baritone), Chorus and Orchestra of the Opera at the Castle; Warcilaw Kunc.