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June Anderson – “Eccomi in lieta vesta…. Oh! quante volte” – “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” – V. Bellini – Teatro alla Scala – 1988 by Luca

“I Capuleti e i Montecchi” (“The Capulets and the Montagues”) is an Italian opera (Tragedia lirica) in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini. The libretto by Felice Romani was a reworking of the story of Romeo and Juliet for an opera by Nicola Vaccai called Giulietta e Romeo. This was based on Italian sources rather than […]

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Joan Sutherland – “Al tuo seno fortunato” – 1967 – J. Haydn – “L’anima del Filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice” by Luca

“L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice” (The Soul of the Philosopher, or Orpheus and Euridice), is an opera in Italian in four acts by Joseph Haydn, the last he ever wrote. The libretto, by Carlo Francesco Badini, is based on the myth of Orpheus and Euridice as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Composed in 1791, […]

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Maria Callas e Franco Corelli – “Norma” – Finale – “Qual cor tradisti … Deh! Non voleri vittime … !” – EMI 1960 by Luca

The first “Norma” performed by Maria Callas was in 1948, Florence, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Callas was the most prolific Norma of the postwar period, with 89 stage performances (several of which exist on recording), along with two studio recordings (made in 1954 and 1960). In 1952, Maria Callas made her London debut at the Royal […]

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