Category Archives: Opera

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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Viva Verdi (BBC Proms 2013)

Conducted by the British-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio “Tony” Pappano, Orchestra and Chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma perform selected works of the famous Italian composer of operas, Giuseppe Verdi (9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901). Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London on July 20, 2013 (during the BBC Proms). Soloist: Maria Agresta, the Italian soprano.
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Maria Callas & Giuseppe Di Stefano concert (Tokyo, 1974)

A farewell concert of Maria Callas with the Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano. Recorded on October 12, 1974 in Tokyo NHK Hall. Accompanist: Robert Sutherland, Glasgow-born classical pianist.
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Handel, Vivaldi and Monteverdi: Arias and concertos with Magdalena Kožená and Anna Fusek

Arias and concertos from the Baroque period composers George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and Claudio Monteverdi. Magdalena Kožená: mezzo-soprano, Anna Fusek: flautino. Czech early music orchestra and choir Collegium 1704 conducted by Andrea Marcon.
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O Paradis (from L’Africaine), Pavarotti, Lanza and Corelli versions

Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Lanza and Franco Corelli versions of O Paradis! (O Paradise!): the most famous aria of the 1865 grand opera L’Africaine (The African Woman), the last work of the German opera composer Giacomo Meyerbeer (born Jacob Liebmann Beer; 5 September 1791 – 2 May 1864). The French libretto was written by Eugène Scribe. The opera is about fictitious events in the life of the real historical person Vasco da Gama (c. 1460s – 23 December 1524) the Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to reach India by sea.
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Strauss – Einzugsmarsch from the “Zigeunerbaron” (Vienna Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta)

Conducted by Zubin Mehta, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Einzugsmarsch from the “Zigeunerbaron” (The Gypsy Baron), an operetta in three acts by Johann Strauss II. Recorded at the the Heldenplatz in Vienna on May 29, 1999. Published by the EuroArts channel.
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Carreras sings Una Furtiva Lagrima as Julián Gayarre (Romanza Final)

Spanish tenor José Carreras sings “Una Furtiva Lagrima” (A furtive tear), a romanza from act 2, scene 8 of the Italian opera L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti. From the 1986 Spanish movie titled “Romanza Final”, biography of the Spanish tenor Julián Gayarre (9 January 1844 – 2 January 1890), one of the best tenors of all times. Gayarre created the role of Marcello in Donizetti’s Il Duca d’Alba and Enzo in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.
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Pavarotti – Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London (1982)

A gala concert by the legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1982. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kurt Herbert Adler.
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