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Maria Callas – “Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce” – “Mad Scene” I Part. – III Act VI Scene – G. Donizetti – EMI 1953. by Luca

Maria Callas – “Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce” – “Mad Scene” I Part. – III Act VI Scene – G. Donizetti – EMI 1953. Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – M.° Tullio Serafin Conductor. The “Mad Scene”, “Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce … Spargi d’amaro pianto”, has historically been […]

Gaetano Donizetti in Tchaikovsky’musical experience by Luca

Italian composer (b. 29 November 1797 in Bergamo; d. 8 April 1848 in Bergamo), born Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti. Herman Laroche, recalling Tchaikovsky’s enthusiasm for Italian opera in his youth, observed that of all the Italian masters, the one whom his late friend had always found the least interesting was Donizetti[1]. This is indirectly borne […]

Rolando Panerai, Giuseppe di Stefano, Raffaele Arié, Maria Callas – Finale II Act – “Lucia di Lammermoor” – G. Donizetti – M°. Herbert von Karajan – Berlin 1955 – Staatsoper. by Luca

For decades Lucia was considered to be a mere showpiece for coloratura sopranos. After World War II, a small number of technically able sopranos, the most notable of whom were first Maria Callas (with performances from 1952 and especially those at La Scala and Berlin in 1954/55 under Herbert von Karajan) and then Dame Joan […]

Donizetti And The Seven Notes by Luca

Musical taste grows and outgrows. Donizetti with his “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “La Favorita” may now seem antiquated to some of us. Yet in the operatic world Donizetti formed an evolutionary link between Rossini, whose manner undoubtedly influenced him at first, and Verdi, whose vigour he forestalled somewhat in his later works. A tablet has […]

Maria Callas – “Regnava nel silenzio … Quando rapito in estasi” – “Lucia di Lammermoor” I Act II Scene – G. Donizetti. EMI 1959 – Conductor M.° Tullio Serafin. by Luca

“Lucia di Lammermoor” is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.” Donizetti wrote “Lucia di Lammermoor” in 1835, a time when several factors led to the height of his reputation as a […]