Category Archives: Opera

Sutherland, Jones, Pavarotti and Nucci perform Bella figlia dell’amore (Verdi)

Australian dramatic coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland, American mezzo-soprano Isola Jones, the legendary Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the Italian operatic baritone Leo Nucci perform “Bella figlia dell’amore” (English: Beautiful daughter of love), a vocal quartet from act 3 (No. 18) of Rigoletto, a 1851 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto of the opera was written by Francesco Maria Piave (18 May 1810 – 5 March 1876), the Italian opera librettist, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo.
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Jonas Kaufmann sings Nessun Dorma

Accompanied by the Orchestra Santa Cecilia, German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann performs Nessun Dorma from Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Conductor: Antonio Pappano. Taken at the recording session of “Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album”. Jonas Kaufmann dedicates his new album to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. This brand new recording features one of the most famous and loved arias of all time, ‘Nessun Dorma’, alongside stunning pieces from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more.
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Plácido Domingo sings E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)

Famous Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo sings “E lucevan le stelle”, a romantic aria from the third act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, composed in 1900 to an Italian libretto by the Italian librettists Luigi Illica (9 May 1857 – 16 December 1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (21 October 1847 – 1 September 1906). This is from a 1992 production in which Tosca was performed in the actual Roman settings described in the libretto. Moreover, the scenes take place at the appropriate times of day. Rome, June 1800.. The orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma) was a few miles away. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
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Mozart – Lucio Silla, Overture

Filarmonica ‘900 del Teatro Regio di Torino performs the overture of Lucio Silla, K. 135, an Italian opera in three acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was written by Giovanni de Gamerra (26 December 1742 – 29 August 1803), the Italian cleric, playwright, and poet. Concert master and first violinist: Stefano Vagnarelli. Recorded live on March 24, 2014 at Teatro Regio di Torino.
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Handel – Ombra mai fu (Serse) – Christopher Lowrey (countertenor), Voices of Music

American countertenor Christopher Lowrey and San Fransisco based early music ensemble Voices of Music perform “Ombra mai fu”, the opening aria from the 1738 opera Serse by George Frideric Handel. A 4K, Ultra HD video from the Voices of Music “Art of the Countertenor” concert, March, 2016.
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Elena Obraztsova sings “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen

Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova sings “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Love is a rebellious bird), also known as “Habanera”; one of the most famous arias from act 1, scene 5 of Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera “Carmen”. Recorded on December 9, 1978. Vienna State Opera, conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli.
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Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro (Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Kenneth Montgomery)

Conducted by Kenneth Montgomery, Amsterdam-based Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Chorus performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Italian: Le nozze di Figaro), K. 492, an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786. The Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte (10 March 1749 – 17 August 1838), the Italian, later American opera librettist, poet and Roman Catholic priest. Recorded at the TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht on October 17, 2015. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek.
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Monteverdi – L’Orfeo (Harnoncourt)

Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Ensemble and Choir of Zürich perform Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (SV 318), sometimes called La favola d’Orfeo, a late Renaissance/early Baroque favola in musica, or opera, with a libretto by Alessandro Striggio. Filmed in 1978. Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. The work is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. It was written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua (a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy, and capital of the province of the same name).
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Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus (Full) – Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo conducts Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Famous New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is featured in this glittering Covent Garden Opera production of Johann Strauss’ masterpiece: Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner (de) and Richard Genée. Plácido Domingo conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus. Other soloists include Hermann Prey, Hildegard Heichele, Benjamin Luxon. Recorded at the New Years Eve 1984 at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. An outstanding, clever, and funny production of Die Fledermaus.
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Mario Lanza sings Torna a Surriento

American tenor and Hollywood star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Torna a Surriento”, a Neapolitan song composed in 1902 by Italian musician Ernesto De Curtis (October 4, 1875 – December 31, 1937) to words by his brother, the poet and painter Giambattista De Curtis (20 July 1860 – 15 January 1926, the an Italian painter and poet remembered today for his song lyrics). From the 1956 movie “Serenade”.
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