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    In the period of Italian Opera just before the coming of verismo, Filippo Marchetti knew some success in his times. Two of his operas were very much celebrated, though they went mostly out of the repertoire by the late 1890s. They are:

    Romeo e Giulietta:



    First act

    and Ruy Blas:



    Si pensi a la vendetta

    Grazie Signor....Io che tentai

    Both could be rewarding for the lover of Italian Romantic Opera.

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    The Jesuit Missions in America used musical theatre as a tool for evangelization, during the first half of the 18th century.

    Drama was usually performed in the native tongues, but also in Spanish or Italian. Opera was performed all year around, at evening, in front of the church. The actors / singers were the Indians themselves, and the plot contained sacred stories, but also elements of the Indians everyday's world.

    We have fragments of three Jesuit Missions Operas, all of them from Chiquitos, in eastern Bolivia. They are San Ignacio (in Spanish), San Francisco Xavier (in Chiquitan) and El Justo y el Pastor (in Chiquitan).

    There is a CD with material from these operas:



    And we can listen to San Francisco Xavier, in youtube:


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    Contrary to the legend, English Opera between the times of Haendel and those of Britten is not a blank page.

    Here we have a very nice 'opera seria', sung in english, that was also a big hit in the 18th century.

    We can hear Joan Sutherland's version of "The Soldier Tir'd":



    But from the recording above, that is quite good, a couple of examples:

    Amid a Thousand Racking Woes

    O Let the Danger of a Son

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    When composer Niccolò Piccinni arrived to Paris, at the request of Queen Marie Antoinette, Glück was already there and enjoying great success.

    The premiere of Glück's Iphigénie en Tauride, in 1779, followed by Piccinni's own Iphigénie in 1781, was one of the high points in their rivalry, supported by two bitter antagonist parties, carrying on a kind of war, to the point of physical aggresion in the streets of Paris.

    Today, while Glück's operas are widely performed, those by Piccinni have been almost forgotten. And in the case of his Iphigénie, perhaps rightly so:



    However, Piccinni was a great composer in the field of opera buffa. His masterpiece La Cecchina, ossia la buona Figliuola enjoyed enormous success in his time, and is comparable to the best pieces of the period.


    Furia di donna irata

    Infelici, pover'uomini

    Per esempio, se il nemico

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    Renato Bruson sings the wonderful Camoëns aria, "O Lisbona, alfin ti miro" from Donizetti's Don Sebastiano.


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    From Silvesterkonzert in Dresden 2011 (Christian Thielemann, Piotr Beczala, Angela Denoke):




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    If you have ever wondered how real female fan sounds like when her favourite tenor starts to sing one of his trademarks, see 0:08:


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    Here is something for those that wondered why it was Italian that became internationally musical language, not Hungarian:


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    Who is the best Norma today, at the beginning of 2012?

    We can hear below some fragments of singers that have tackled the complete roles in the last three years.

    Fiorenza Cedolins - Casta Diva

    Patricia Andress - Casta Diva

    Kelly Cae Hogan - Mira, O Norma

    Edita Gruberova - Fine al rito.... Ah Bello a me ritorna...

    Angela Meade - Casta Diva

    June Anderson - Oh, Rimembranza

    Hasmik Papian - Casta Diva

    Rossella Ragatzu - Fine al rito.... Ah Bello a me ritorna...

    Dimitra Theodossiou - Casta Diva

    Violeta Urmana - Casta Diva

    Elena Mosuc - Qual cor tradisti... Deh ! Non volerli vittime...

    Cecilia Bartoli - In mia man alfin tu sei


    This is a very difficult role, and some renditions are not really memorable. Among recent performers, my favourite is Greek soprano Dimitra Theodossiou.
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    Many opera lovers know Franco Alfano either for completing Puccini's Turandot, or composing Cyrano.

    However, perhaps his best opera is Risurrezione, premiered at the beginning of the 20th century, based on Tolstoi's novel. It was a great success, especially in Italy. The role of Katiusha is really nice, and can be very exciting with the right singer performing. The music is impetuous and sentimental.

    Katiusha's aria, "Dio pietoso":



    Duet between Katiusha end Dimitri:



    Simonson's (the baritone) aria:




    This version in CD, with Magda Olivero, is good enough:


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    A bit of fun from the ebullient Miss Petibon (Emmanuelle Haïm is having a ball too)

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post

    Dimitra Theodossiou - Casta Diva

    This is a very difficult role, and some renditions are not really memorable. Among recent performers, my favourite is Greek soprano Dimitra Theodossiou.
    Dimitra is a great soprano, but this conductor impacted such a slow tempo that it completely ruined it for me.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Patricia Petibon is always lots of fun. I really like her.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Mario Ancona was one of those singers from the Italian Golden Age of Baritones. It's difficult to hear a voice that is at the same time so warm, so velvety and so virile.

    However, the singing itself is a little bit monotonous, as we can confirm in this wonderful aria from Puritani, that sounds more to a vocalize exercise, than to a lament for lost love:


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    "He is teddy bear!":


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