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LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Donizetti: The Romantic Gone Conventional by Alfred E. Vecchio, Ph.D. From New Jersey State Opera Review by Luca

To lovers of Italian opera there is something baffling and, certainly frustrating about the adverse criticisms sometimes made of the standard Italian repertoire. It is not uncommon for aficionados of Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi even, to be made to feel embarrassed and defensive by these adversaries who claim for their musical idols superior artistic taste […]

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Dame Joan Sutherland – “Madness Scene” – “Lucia di Lammermoor” – G. Donizetti – Royal Opera House Covent Garden – 1959 – M.° Tullio Serafin Conductor by Luca

“Lucia’s Mad Scene is one of opera’s most popular arias, and for a good reason: is there a more true depicition of human madness in music? Although some have come think that Lucia’s aria is only a showpiece for the soprano, it was only a view of the more verisimo-orientated opera world of that time. […]

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June Anderson – “Madness Scene” – “Lucia di Lammermoor – G. Donizetti. New York 1995 by Luca

June Anderson – “Madness Scene” – “Lucia di Lammermoor – G. Donizetti. New York 1995. “Dans la scène de folie, elle tourne résolument le dos à l’oiseau mécanique, récemment illustré par les Mariella Devia, Luciana Serra et autres coloratures étrangères à ce type de vocalità, pour intégrer, telle Callas, la moindre cadence à un contexte […]

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Maria Callas & Giuseppe di Stefano – “Verranno a te sull’aure” – Duet Lucia & Edgardo – “Lucia di Lammermoor” – G. Donizetti. LIVE in Berlin – Staatsoper – 1955 – Conductor M.° Herbert von Karajan. by Luca

Maria Callas & Giuseppe di Stefano – “Verranno a te sull’aure” – Duet Lucia & Edgardo – “Lucia di Lammermoor” – G. Donizetti. LIVE in Berlin, Staatsoper, 1955. Conductor M.° Herbert von Karajan. LUCIA Verranno a te sull’aure i miei sospiri ardenti, udrai nel mar che mormora l’eco dei miei lamenti. Pensando ch’io di gemiti […]

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Montserrat Caballé – “Si avanza Enrico … Non mi guardar sì fiero … Chi nomasti … Ah! No non fuggir Edgado! Spargi d’amaro pianto” – “Lucia di Lammermoor” – G. Donizetti – by Luca

“Es increíble el grado de distorsión y de vulgarización al que han llevado determinadas obras de Donizetti ¿artistas? como Joan Sutherland o Beverly Sills. Gracias a López-Cobos y a nuestra Montse, quien quiera puede disfrutar de la más fiel y auténtica versión de Lucia di Lammermoor; en su tono original y libre de florituras varias, […]

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Dame Joan Sutherland & Cesare Siepi – “Ebben? Di tua speranza … Ah! cedi, cedi. Al ben de’ tuoi qual vittima.” – “Lucia di Lammermoor” – G. Donizetti by Luca

Dame Joan Sutherland & Cesare Siepi in the roles of Lucia and Padre Raimondo – “Ebben? Di tua speranza … Ah! cedi, cedi. Al ben de’ tuoi qual vittima.” Conductor John Pritchard – 1961(STU) Orchestra – Santa Cecilia Chorus – Santa Cecilia Usually the conductors cut this beautiful duet. “Lucia di Lammermoor” – G. Donizetti.

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Die Frau ohne Schatten – Synopsis by Luca

The world of the invisible spirit god Keikobad is mysterious and unfathomable and encompasses the past, the present, and the hereafter. Act I Twelve months have passed since the Emperor has taken as his wife the daughter of the spirit god Keikobad, whose mother was a mortal woman. For the 12th time in one year […]

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Leonie Rysanek – “Vater, bist du’s?” – “Die Frau ohne Schatten” – R. Strauss by Luca

Leonie Rysanek – “Vater, bist du?” – “Die Frau ohne Schatten” – R. Strauss. Work on the opera began in 1911. Hofmannsthal’s earliest sketches for the libretto are based on a piece by Goethe, “The Conversation of German Emigrants” (1795). Hofmannsthal handles Goethe’s material freely, adding the idea of two couples, the emperor and empress […]

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