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Maritana was one of the most popular of mid-nineteenth-century British operas. Its 1848 première was a triumph and was soon followed by performances in opera houses from Vienna to Philadelphia. The absurd plot, which contrasts life at the Spanish court with that of the Gypsy street-singer of the title, is subsidiary to the appeal of a string of infectious and much loved arias such as There is a flower that bloometh and Yes! Let me like a soldier fall. Wallaces opera Lurline is available on Naxos 8.660293-94, on which the American Record Guide commented: The opera and the performance are both a delight.
…plenty to enjoy here for fans of operatic rarities, Cullagh is a real star. *** --Classic fm Magazine,Mar'12
Maria Cullagh is on hand to sing Maritana. Her light lyric soprano is just perfect for the role and her diction is as clear as Waterford crystal. If you want a flavour of Victorian opera with a foretaste of G&S, then this reissue us worth exploring, not least to hear Cullagh's assumption of the title role. --IRR,Feb'12
All of this is served up well here by the Irish forces. Singing with sweet tone and clear enunciation, Majella Cullagh is outstanding. --Opera,Mar'12