• Cecilia


    Claudia Muzio as Cecilia

    In 1934, the 15th of February, Claudia Muzio premiered in Rome the opera Cecilia, by Italian composer Licinio Refice. Some months later, she started working in Milan for the wonderful Columbia recording, starting precisely by an aria from Cecilia. This is what Rodolfo Celletti said:

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodolfo Celletti
    Inimitable in the natural quality of her singing, her incredible range of shades, her intensity to colour the musical phrase
    She also sung Cecilia in Buenos Aires, receiving passionate praise:

    Quote Originally Posted by La Nación
    Claudia Muzio se ha apoderado del personaje de Santa Cecilia con un arte insuperable. Su delicadeza, su elegancia inmaterial, la dulzura de los ademanes. Su canto tan musical como fino.
    The ninth performance of the opera in Buenos Aires, the 21st of October, 1934, will be the last time Muzio will sing in her favourite theater. ( Not in the city of Buenos Aires, where she later offered an art song recital at Teatro San Martín).

    The role of Cecilia was not written for Muzio (Refice had in mind the soprano Maria Viscardi while composing the opera), but she just took possesion of it, and offered a memorable interpretation. She also made a very good friend of the priest Refice, who just before Muzio's death, wrote for her a beautiful motet for her birthday:

    “Custoditela, o Signore, come la pupilla dei vostri occhi. Sotto l’ombra delle vostre ali proteggetela

    He was very worried by the health of the great singer.

    Cecilia is a nice opera, that was never lucky enough to be part of the repertoire. The plot is quite simple, the life of Saint Cecilia from her marriage to her martyrdom.

    Claudia Muzio sings Cecilia:




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