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La Favorite, by Gaetano Donizetti

Houston Grand Opera / Houston / Music

Oh, boy! A monk loses his calling over a woman who just so happens to have the heart of the king. As lovers of Lucia di Lammermoor can guess, Donizetti was just the man to wrest the last scintilla of lambent melody from this predicament. In Jamie Barton, this rare revival boasts a heroine ideally suited to the heroine’s sumptuous music, with a pair of eloquent partners—the tenor Lawrence Brownless and the baritone Jacques Imbrailo—to complete the triangle. The performances are sung in the original French, which may add an exotic perfume to the tenor’s air, known in Italian as “Spirto gentil.” —M.G.

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