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Jessica Pratt – “Vorrei veder lo sposo” – “Ciro in Babilonia” – G. Rossini – “Rossini Opera Festival” – August 10 2012 by Luca

Great rendition by Jessica Pratt in Pesaro, “Rossini Opera Festival” August 10 2012. “Ciro in Babilonia” – G. Rossini – “Vorrei veder lo sposo”. About “Ciro in Babilonia” at Carmoor, with Jessica Pratt: I was introduced to Rossini at a very early age—I can’t remember when—through some Met performance of the Barbiere, well before the […]

Jessica Pratt – “Cingi la benda candida” – “Adelaide di Borgogna” – G. Rossini – Rossini Opera Festival – Pesaro – 2011 by Luca

Tonight in Pesaro (“Rossini Opera Festival”) première of “Ciro in Babilonia”, 1812, by G. Rossini, when he was 20 years old. A really difficult melodram for the voices. Great, great cast. All the singers are vocally superb. Especially Jessica Pratt in the role of Amira. Divine! Last year Miss Pratt, this great australian young soprano, […]

Maria Callas – “Vieni t’affretta” – “Macbeth” – G. Verdi – Rai Torino – Italy – 1952 by Luca

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a play about hallucinations, and there is a certain ghostly quality about this edition of the opera as well: the text, though stated with triumphant clarity, is surrounded by a penumbra of variants: first thoughts, second thoughts, restored erasures and cross-outs, smudges unsmudged where possible, alternative versions proposed by censors, stage directors, […]

Dame Joan Sutherland – “Der hölle Rache” – “Die Zauberflöte” – W. A. Mozart – 1962 by Luca

This performance of “Der hölle Rache” – Die Königin der Nacht – from “Die Zauberflöte”, sung in year 1962 by Dame Joan Sutherland, is still today very discussed. Many people say that she’s technically perfect but not “mozartian” (?!?), others that she could sing this aria only transposed down, “frequently flat and off pitch and […]