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THE GREATEST ROSSINI TENORS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. by Luca

Several tenors made it into the opera history books because of their importance and contribution to the art. In the first half of the nineteenth century and Bel Canto era, most of them were either Italian of French. The styles, although initially very different, were being combined in the search for the more exciting and […]

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ROSSINI & THE TENOR ANDREA NOZZARI by Luca

On December 12, 1832, exactly 186 years ago, Andrea Nozzari died in Naples: besides being the first Otello in the homonymous opera by Gioachino Rossini (dated 1816), he is remembered above all for his particular voice, to the point that we can speak of the “baritenore” par excellence. Briefly reviewing his biography can help us […]

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THE VOCALISM IN ROSSINI by Luca

The Rossini vocalism is still closely linked to the belcanto ideal that sees the primacy of the voice on the other components of the opera: the singer is coauthor with the composer and in his arias he is free to improvise. With Rossini, who begins to write all the “colorature”, the phase of the singer’s […]

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MARIA CALLAS IN ROSSINI’S MUSIC – BY MARION LIGNANA ROSENBERG by Luca

Maria Callas as Armida Dr. Robert Seletsky, a distinguished musical scholar, questions the attribution to Maria Callas of a “revival of forgotten repertoire and the performance traditions that accompanied it.” He notes that many of the works cited to bolster this assertion (including Il Turco in Italia, Il pirata, and Anna Bolena) had been produced […]

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ROSSINI’S LA CENERENTOLA AND THE EUROPEAN FAIRY TALE. BY JOSEPH THOMAS by Luca

17th century France played a crucial role in the development of the European fairy tale. During the last half of that century, the oral traditions of the folk began to bubble up into the literary salons of the haute bourgeoisie and the aristocracy orbiting around Louis the XIV’s court. While writers like Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy, […]

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Luca Casagrande – Benedetto Marcello (1686 – 1739) – “Udite! Amanti udite” – Cantata – LIVE in Prague June 𝟣0, 20𝟣8 by Luca

“Udite! Amanti udite” – Cantata for Basso e Basso Continuo – Benedetto Marcello (1686 – 1739) – LIVE in Concert Prague (Cz) June 𝟣0, 20𝟣8 – Excerpt. Baritone Luca Casagrande Scarlatti Camera Ensemble – Centaurus Music Int. LIVE Recording 20𝟣8 Artistic Director and Producer Luca Casagrande Exclusive Copyright Luca Casagrande. – “Udite! Amanti udite” Udite […]

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Luca Casagrande – “Chi non prova star lontano” – Cantata a voce sola e Basso Continuo – Antonio Cesti (1623 – 1669) by Luca

“Chi non prova star lontano” – Cantata a voce sola e Basso Continuo – Antonio Cesti (1623 – 1669) – WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING. Centaurus Music Int. Studio Recording “Antonio Cesti – Aspettate! Adesso canto – Cantate” – WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING – Remastered edition ℗ 2018. First remastering 20𝟣3 – First releasing 2004 © Luca Casagrande. […]

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Loretta Liberato – “Adieux à la vie!” – “Péchés de vieillesse” (1857-1860s?) – Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868) by Luca

“Adieux à la vie!” from “Péchés de vieillesse” (1857-1860s?) – II. Album français N.° 9 – “Elégie (sur une seule note)” [orig. written to text Mi lagnerò tacendo]. “Péchés de vieillesse” first edition 1873 in part and 1880 or so in (almost?) full – Paris, Heugel. Centaurus Music Int. Studio Recording “Une soirée chez Monsieur […]

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Maria Carla Curìa – “La grande coquette” (“Ariette Pompadour”) – Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868) by Luca

“La grande coquette” (“Ariette Pompadour”) from “Péchés de vieillesse” (1857-1860s?) II. Album français n.° 3. (“Ariette “Pompadour, la grande coquette” orig. written to text “Mi lagnerò tacendo”). Centaurus Music Int. Studio Recording “Gioacchino Rossini – À Grenade – La nuit règne” – ℗ 2018 Soprano Maria Carla Curìa Pianoforte M.° Maurizio Agostini Artistic Direction Maurizio […]

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