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Virginia Zeani – “Ah! Je suis seule” – “Thaïs” – J. Massenet by Luca

Virginia Zeani in a great rendition of “Ah! Je suis seule” from “Thaïs” (J. Massenet). Zeani (born 21 October 1925) is a Romanian soprano, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, especially the role of (Violetta) in “La traviata”. She created the role of (Blanche) in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” in 1957 at La Scala, later […]

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THAÏS – J. MASSENET by Luca

Comédie lyrique in tre atti e sette quadri di Louis Gallet, dal romanzo omonimo di Anatole France Musica di Jules Massenet 1842-1912 Prima rappresentazione: Parigi, Opéra, 16 marzo 1894. Già da tempo Louis Gallet si dedicava alla trasformazione in libretto del romanzoThaïs di Anatole France. Il soggetto piacque molto a Massenet, che fin dal 1892 […]

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LAKMÉ – L. DÉLIBES by Luca

Lakmé Opéra-lyrique in tre atti di Edmond Gondinet e Philippe Gille, dalla novella di Pierre Loti Rarahu Musica di Léo Delibes 1836-1891 Prima rappresentazione: Parigi, Opéra-Comique, 14 aprile 1883. Verso la fine dell’Ottocento la passione letteraria per i soggetti esotici, che si può forse far risalire alla prima traduzione francese delle Mille e una notte […]

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Sex and Religion in French Opera – The Ultimate Art – University of California Press by Luca

Most operas that continue to hold the stage deal with “romance” (men and women falling in and out of love with one another) and either heroic or comic adventures: warfare and duels, quests, confusions of identity, tragic misunderstandings. The romantic content of opera is frequently rendered more interesting (and more musically productive) by coyness, jealousy, […]

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Exoticism And Orientalism In Classical Music by Luca

There is a long tradition of classical composers writing music evoking the exotic non-western world , and many operas and other works attempt to depict the exotic and the oriental. For example , the great French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau , a close contemporary of Bach and Handel, wrote an opera called “Les Indes Galantes”, which […]

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Famous Opera Roles – Lakme – L. Délibes by Luca

Lakme was one of Patti’s most successful roles, and very few other singers have ventured to attempt it. But Madame Melba includes it in her repertoire, and a great treat is in store for New Yorkers when the managerial difficulties in the way of its production are sufficiently overcome for her to present it. “Lakme […]

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