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June Anderson & Lucia Valentini Terrani – “No, non ti lascio … Giorno d’orror” Duet Semiramide-Arsace – “Semiramide” (1823) II Act – Gioacchino Rossini – LIVE in Roma – I – 1982 by Luca

June Anderson & Lucia Valentini Terrani – “No, non ti lascio … Giorno d’orror” Duet Semiramide-Arsace – “Semiramide” (1823) II Act – Gioacchino Rossini. LIVE in Roma – I – 1982. Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma M.° Gabriele Ferro Conductor Roma, 1982. “Our attention now turns to the second grand duet of […]

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Lella Cuberli & Samuel Ramey – “Se la vita ancor ti è cara” – Duet Semiramide-Assur – “Semiramide” (1823) II Act – Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868). LIVE in New York – 1990 by Luca

Lella Cuberli & Samuel Ramey – “Se la vita ancor ti è cara” – Duet Semiramide-Assur – “Semiramide” (1823) II Act – Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868). LIVE in New York – 1990. “Rossini and Rossi’s Semiramide was not the first opera to exploit the legend of the Babylonian queen. In 1729, Pietro Metastasio’s libretto […]

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‘Semiramide’: a Historical Overview and Analysis of Grand Duets – By Rémi Castonguay by Luca

A parallel is often established between Semiramide and one of Rossini’s earlier creations, Tancredi. Semiramide was indeed born out of the same collaboration between the composer and the librettist Gaetano Rossi and the librettos for both opera are based on plays by Voltaire. Rossi was known for “his boldness in raiding foreign—primarily French—theatre for source […]

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Maria Callas – “Bel raggio lusinghier … Dolce pensiero” – “Semiramide” (1823) – Gioacchino Rossini – LIVE in Paris June 05, 1963 – Théâtre des Champs Elysées by Luca

Maria Callas – “Bel raggio lusinghier … Dolce pensiero” – “Semiramide” – Gioacchino Rossini. LIVE in Paris June 05, 1963 – Théâtre des Champs Elysées Orchestre Philharmonique de la RTF Conductor: M.°Georges Pretre. EMI CD Album “Live in Paris 1963 & 1976” – Recorded at Théâtre des Champs Elysées – Paris – First edition ℗1999. […]

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Dame Joan Sutherland with Giacomo Aragall – “”Ah! Roland!… Quoi! C’est Elle!… Ah Roland, Tu M’as Traihe” (Invocation Scene) – “Esclarmonde” (1889) – Jules Massenet (1842-1912) by Luca

Dame Joan Sutherland with Giacomo Aragall – “”Ah! Roland!… Quoi! C’est Elle!… Ah Roland, Tu M’as Traihe” (Invocation Scene) – “Esclarmonde” (1889) – Jules Massenet (1842-1912). LIVE recording from the San Francisco Opera broadcast from November 08, 1974. War Memorial opera House Orchestra and Chorus M.° Richard Bonynge Conductor. “Esclarmonde” is an opéra (opéra romanesque) […]

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Jules Massenet’s “Manon” by Luca

Generally, opera is considered a serious art form. By contrast, composer Jules Massenet has been described as a lightweight — and at times, it’s easy to hear why. Even his wildly popular Manon, an opera with a deadly serious story, has plenty of froth. But we don’t need to concentrate on the supposedly lofty world […]

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Making A Case For Massenet, The Misunderstood Sentimentalist – Ending It All In Massenet’s “Werther” by Luca

Poor Jules Massenet. How could the most successful French opera composer of his generation fall so far out of fashion? Even in his day, some considered Massenet a moldy sentimentalist who tried little more than to please his audiences. His elegantly crafted operas, with their conventional lead characters (many of them troubled women) won him […]

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Maria Callas – “Je ne suis que faiblesse … Adieu, notre petite table” – “Manon” II Act – Jules Massenet (1842-1912) – LIVE in Paris 1963 by Luca

Maria Callas – “Je ne suis que faiblesse … Adieu, notre petite table” – “Manon” II Act – Jules Massenet (1842-1912). LIVE in concert – Paris 1963. EMI CD Album “Live in Paris 1963 & 1976” – Recorded at Théâtre des Champs Elysées – Paris – First edition ℗1999. Second edition ℗2003 – Latest editions […]

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Tatiana Troyanos – “Werther!….Werther!….Qui m’aurait dit la place que dans mon coeur il occupe aujourd’hui? … Ces lettres! Ces lettres! Ah! je les relis san cesse.!”- “Werther” III Act – Jules Massenet (1842-1912) by Luca

Tatiana Troyanos – “Werther!….Werther!….Qui m’aurait dit la place que dans mon coeur il occupe aujourd’hui? … Ces lettres! Ces lettres! Ah! je les relis san cesse.!”- “Werther” III Act – Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Album EMI Classic – ℗1979 – Digital remastering 1997. London Philharmonic Orchestra M.° Michel Plasson Conductor.

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Frederica von Stade & José Carreras – “Il faut nous séparer” Duet Charlotte – Werther -“Werther” I Act – Jules Massenet (1842-1912) by Luca

Frederica von Stade & José Carreras. “Il faut nous séparer” Duet Charlotte – Werther -“Werther” I Act – Jules Massenet (1842-1912). CD Album Philips – ℗1986 Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. M.° Colin Davis Conductor. “Colin Davis’ studio recording of Massenet’s Werther, starring José Carreras and Frederica von Stade, won Gramophone’s Engineering […]

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