Maria di Venosa

   
 FRANCESCO DAVALOS (b. 1930)
   
premiere recording
   
 Maria di Venosa (1992) 112:38  
  Music drama for orchestra, soloists and chorus in two parts and fourteen scenes  
  Dramatis personae  
  Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa  
  Maria d'Avalos, Princess of Venosa  
  Fabrizio Carafa, Duke of Andria  
  Giulio Gesualdo, uncle of Carlo  
  Priest Musician in the service of Carlo Gesualdo  
  Laura Scala, chief lady-in-waiting to Maria d'Avalos  
  First Part  
1 Scene I. Castle at Gesualdo - 9:38
  Room of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa - Night - On the wall there is a portrait of Gesualdo's second wife, Eleonora d'Este -  
2 Scene II. The room of Maria d'Avalos,… 7:38
  …Princess of Venosa, and the adjoining hall in the Palace at Naples on her wedding day -  
3 Scene III. Music room in the Castle at Venosa - 6:01
4 Scene IV. Maria's room in the Castle at Venosa - 9:19
5 Scene V. Music room in the Castle at Venosa - 8:00
6 Scene VI. The garden of the Castle at Venosa on a stormy night - 6:57
7 Scene VII. Ballroom in the Palace of the Viceroy of Naples - Ball 6:00
  Second Part  
8 Scene VII. Ballroomn in the Palace of the Viceroy - 4:45
  Continuation of the last scene of the First Part -  
9 Scene VIII. A balcony of the Palace of the Viceroy during the ball, 5:39
  and the beach beneath it -  
10 Scene IX. Maria's room in the Palace at Naples - 4:08
11 Scene X. A tavern - 10:33
12 Scene XI. Maria's room in the Palace at Naples - 6:44
13 Scene XII. A forest - Hunt - 10:13
14 Scene XIII. Piazza San Domenico in Naples with the 5:06
  Palace in which the Gesualdos live - Night -  
15 Scene XIV. Castle at Gesualdo - Room of Carlo Gesualdo - 11:48
  Night - Sequel to the first scene - Death of Carlo Gesualdo  
 Susan Bullock soprano
 Hilary Summers contralto
  Ruth Holten soprano  
  Helen Parker soprano  
  Robin Blaze counter-tenor  
  Robert Johnston tenor  
  Christopher Foster bass  
 Francesco dAvalos
  August 1994