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“LES NUITS D’ÉTÉ” – HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803 – 1869) by Luca

Hector Berlioz (11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem). Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, and conducted several concerts with […]

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Heinrich Schlusnus (1888 – 1952) – A blessed voice by Luca

One of the leading German baritones during the interwar period, Heinrich Schlusnus possessed a handsome, beautifully schooled instrument with an unusually free top register. If he lacked great imagination in interpreting his roles and was somewhat compromised by a weak lower register, he nevertheless was a sufficiently polished technician to make important points by vocal […]

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GREAT HISTORICAL GERMAN SINGERS by Luca

Czech soprano Maria Müller (1898 – 1958) was among the most prominent and beloved lyric/dramatic sopranos singing the German repertory in the interwar years. With an attractive instrument and a warm and instantly appealing stage manner, she proved herself an important member of the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and Bayreuth Festival during the 1930s. She […]

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A Double Faced Medea: “Viper”, or Human Creature? – by Pino Blasone by Luca

No doubt, that of Medea is one of the most disconcerting and even contradictory female characters, in antique Greek mythology and Greco-Roman literature. So much, as to grow almost a controversial archetype in later European culture and Western civilization, fine arts or music included [footnote 1]. Still nowadays, the personage occurs to be animatedly debated. […]

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Verdi’s Two Macbeths – by David Lawton by Luca

Dearest Father-in-law, For a long time it has been an intention of mine to dedicate an opera to you who have been to me at once father, benefactor, and friend. […] Here now is this Macbeth, which I love in preference to my other operas, and thus deem more worthy of being presented to you. […]

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Wagner Was Not an Anti-Semite (Wagner Was Not an Anti-Semite As Far As Individuals Were Concerned) – by George Hastings by Luca

This article should have been entitled “Wagner Was Not an Anti-Semite As Far As Individuals Were Concerned.” A new article called “How the Jews Saved The Ring,” along with a related article to be posted soon should set the record straight. I apologize for any misunderstanding. George Hastings —————– Richard Wagner has a notorious reputation […]

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“Aureliano in Palmira” (𝟣8𝟣3) – G. Rossini by Luca

“Aureliano in Palmira” (𝟣8𝟣3). Here in the role of Arsace (II Act – “Gran Scena di Arsace”), Martine Dupuy, young and fresh from one of her most important successes, Romeo in Martina Franca. Dupuy did not repeat Arsace on stage, instead performed in concert the arias, which already in 1980 emphasized elegance, softness of emission […]

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FALSETTISTI E CASTRATI – di Franco Fussi by Luca

Una possibilità d’emissione dei toni acuti è, notoriamente, quella di ricorrere al registro di “FALSETTO”. […] Il timbro vocale (dei falsettisti) risulta […] povero di armoniche (per la vibrazione del solo bordo libero delle corde vocali), debole d’intensità (per la vibrazione del solo bordo e la riduzione della cavità di risonanza da sollevamento laringeo) e […]

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ROSSINI’S VOCAL REFORM  by Luca

The unique style of Gioacchino Rossini and his operas have a very important role in the art of singing. His vision helped bringing the florid style of baroque opera to a whole new level of virtuosity and make way to the Bel Canto era. Rossini’s vocal ideal was still the castrato. He felt that they […]

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ROSSINI’S TENORS by Luca

In the beginning of the nineteenth century opera seria, the tenor was beginning to be accepted for the role of the young lover or hero in place of the castrato, but the more common option was to use women in pants roles, especially contraltos. These women sung the roles originally written for castrati, but new […]

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