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Maria Callas – Tito Gobbi – “Dunque io son” – “Il barbiere di Siviglia” – G. Rossini by Luca

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (Giovacchino Antonio Rossini in the baptismal certificate) (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was a great Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville) […]

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Maria Callas – “Où va la jeune indoue” (“Air des clochettes”) – “Lakmé” – L. Delibes by Luca

Callas’s voice has been difficult to place in the modern vocal classification or fach system, especially since in her prime, her repertoire contained the heaviest dramatic soprano roles as well as roles usually undertaken by the highest, lightest and most agile coloratura sopranos. Regarding this versatility, Maestro Tullio Serafin said, “This woman can sing anything […]

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Dame Joan Sutherland & Yvette Tourangeau – “Lakmé” – “Flower Duet” – L. Délibes by Luca

“Orientalism” is a book published in 1978 by Edward Said that has been highly influential and controversial in postcolonial studies and other fields. In the book, Said effectively redefined the term “Orientalism” to mean a constellation of false assumptions underlying Western attitudes toward the Middle East. This body of scholarship is marked by a “subtle […]

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“La Cenerentola” – Atto II – “Questo è un nodo avviluppato” (Sestetto) – Film version 1981 – G. Rossini by Luca

Nella breve (un cinquantennio, più o meno: da Visconti in poi) storia della regia lirica i décoratori si sprecano [e sfiniscono a furia di ninnoli camp (un altro indizio? iniziali FZ)], i provocatori si spintonano [e tediano con trovate incomprensibili e chiarissime sciatterie (pessimo ultimo Walter Pagliaro, responsabile di una nefanda FAVORITE vista a Bologna […]

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Mattia Battistini – “Vien Leonora” – “La Favorita” – G. Donizetti (recorded maybe in 1910-11) by Luca

This is an “ancient” recording. Maybe 1910-11. Mattia Battistini was the last baritone in possession of the perfect nineteenth-century voice color and technique. A perfect exemple of how had to be the “real” baritone voice: smooth, light, extended and velvet. Not too big or dark. Mattia Battistini (27 February 1856 – 7 November 1928) was […]

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