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Vivica Genaux & Isabel Bayrakdarian – “Bella etade avventurosa” . Final duet – “Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra” (Napoli, 1725) – Serenata in two parts – Libretto by Francesco Ricciardi – Music by J. A. Hasse (1699 – 1783) by Luca

Vivica Genaux & Isabel Bayrakdarian – “Bella etade avventurosa” . Final duet – “Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra” (Napoli, 1725) – Serenata in two parts – Libretto by Francesco Ricciardi – Music by J. A. Hasse (1699 – 1783). Despite Giovanni Battista Mancini’s claim that Hasse was the “padre della musica”, and despite the composer’s massive popularity […]

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Johann Adolph Hasse (1699 – 1783). By David Charlton by Luca

Introduction No other composer enjoyed as unanimously high a reputation across Europe during his lifetime as Johann Adolf Hasse. Bourgeois opera audiences worshipped him as fervently as crowned heads in Vienna, Dresden, Naples, Paris, London and Berlin. His music dissolved national frontiers and spanned two generations; the ink was still wet on the Brandenburg Concerti […]

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Tito Gobbi (24 October 1913 – 5 March 1984) sings “Come Paride vezzoso” – Aria of Belcore – from “L`elisir d`amore” by Gaetano Donizetti by Luca

Tito Gobbi (24 October 1913 – 5 March 1984) sings “Come Paride vezzoso” – Aria of Belcore – from “L`elisir d`amore” by Gaetano Donizetti. Philharmonia Orchestra M.° Alberto Erede Conductor London 1963. Very intelligent rendition, perfect for the role of Belcore, a braggart sergeant. “Tito Gobbi was an admired operatic baritone. He originally studied at […]

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Tito Schipa – The early years 1913 – 1921 – By Robert Baxter by Luca

Tito Schipa proves Goethe’s maxim that we know a great artist by his flaws. Schipa’s limitations are so well known, they hardly need to be enumerated. He lacked Martinelli’s trumpety top, Pertile’s explosive attack and Lauri-Volpi’s lithe, muscular tone. Unlike Caruso, Schipa could not dominate the big vocal climaxes, nor could he negotiate fioriture with […]

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Giuseppe Di Stefano (24 July 1921 – 3 March 2008) – “Adina, credimi” – Aria of Nemorino & Terzetto – “L’elisir d’amore” – G. Donizetti. Radio Lausanne – 1945 by Luca

Giuseppe Di Stefano (24 July 1921 – 3 March 2008) – “Adina, credimi” – Aria of Nemorino & Terzetto – “L’elisir d’amore” – G. Donizetti. Radio Lausanne – 1945. Belcore and Adina are here unknown performers. Di Stefano was, between 1940 and 1950, a great light tenor, with a beautiful high voice. He was known […]

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Enzo Dara – “Udite! Udite o rustici” – Aria of Dulcamara – “L’elisir d’amore” – Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848) by Luca

Enzo Dara – “Udite! Udite o rustici” – Aria of Dulcamara – “L’elisir d’amore” – Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848). Orchestra – Metropolitan Opera Chorus – Metropolitan Opera Conductor – M.° James Levine 1991. Enzo Dara is my favourite “buffo” bass and one of the foremost buffo performers of his generation, particularly admired for his […]

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