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Gianni Raimondi & Dame Joan Sutherland – “Credeasi misera and Finale Act III – “I Puritani” – V. Bellini – Palermo – Italy – Teatro Massimo, 1961. by Luca

“I Puritani”, Finale Act III. Gianni Raimondi (tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland, soprano (R.I.P. the both). The best Finale of “I Puritani” I’ve heard. Gianni Raimondi (17 April 1923 – 19 October 2008) was an Italian lyric tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory. Born in Bologna, Raimondi studied at the Music Conservatory of his native […]

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Luca Casagrande – “Ariettes oubliées” – C. Debussy – II Part by Luca

“Musicians everywhere acknowledge the fundamental influence of Debussy in the twentieth century. Pierre Boulez, a leading composer and conductor of contemporary music, asserts in his Notes of an Apprenticeship that “modern music was awakened by Debussy.” And Debussy has had an abiding influence on popular music and jazz: the leading jazz composer and performer Chick […]

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Dame Joan Sutherland – “The Soldier Tir’d” – “Artaxerxes” – Thomas Arne – 1963 by Luca

“Artaxerxes” is an opera in three acts composed by Thomas Arne set to an English adaptation (probably by Arne himself) of Metastasio’s 1729 libretto Artaserse. The first English “opera seria”, “Artaxerxes” premiered on 2 February 1762 at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden and continued to be regularly performed until the late 1830s. Its plot is […]

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Maria Callas & Nicola Zaccaria – Duet Elvira (soprano) – Giorgio (bass) from “I Puritani” – V. Bellini – EMI – 1953 by Luca

“I Puritani” was first produced at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris, January 24, 1835. At the same time, Bellini composed an alternative version intended for the famous Maria Malibran, who was to sing it in Naples. Maria García Malibran (24 March 1808 – 23 September 1836) was a mezzo-soprano who commonly sang both contralto and soprano […]

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Maria Callas – “Son Vergin Vezzosa” – “I Puritani” – EMI 1953 – Conductor Tullio Serafin by Luca

“I puritani” (“The Puritans”) is an opera in three acts by Vincenzo Bellini. It was his last opera. Its libretto is by Count Carlo Pepoli, based on “Têtes rondes et Cavaliers” by Jacques-François Ancelot and Joseph Xavier Saintine, which is in turn based on Walter Scott’s novel “Old Mortality”. It was first produced at the […]

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Arleen Augér – “Welcher Kummer herrscht in meiner Seele … Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose” – “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” – W. A. Mozart – Conductor: Karl Böhm by Luca

“Welcher Kummer herrscht in meiner Seele … Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose”, Recitative and aria. Konstanze: Arleen Augér. In this aria, which is in the same key and mood as Pamina’s aria Ach ich fühl’s from “The Magic Flute” and in many ways resembles it, Konstanze sadly recalls happy days with Belmonte and her enforced […]

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Arleen Augér – “Martern aller Arten” – “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” – Act ll – W. A. Mozart – Conductor: Karl Bohm – IIlustrations Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) by Luca

Arleen Auger – W.A. Mozart “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” – Act ll Konstanze “Martern aller Arten” – Conductor: Karl Böhm – IIlustrations: Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939). -Synopsis- Place: the country house of the Pasha somewhere along the Mediterranean coast. Time: 18th century. Belmonte seeks his betrothed, Konstanze, who, with her maid Blonde, is […]

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