Composers: Puccini
Compositions: Le Willis
Performers: Ermonela Jaho s, Arsen Soghomonyan t, London Philharmonic/Sir Mark Elder
Catalogue Number: Opera Rara 9293800592

Composed in haste for a competition of one-act operas held in 1883, Puccini’s Le Willis failed to even place. No matter, because it caught the attention of none other than Arrigo Boito, who was impressed enough to help see it staged and published. More commonly performed today in its two-act revision, retitled Le villi, this Opera Rara recording of performances that took place in 2018 uses a reconstruction by musicologist Martin Deasy. Balletomanes will be familiar...