Category Archives: Opera

Mario Lanza sings Mamma Mia, Che Vò Sapé?

The great American tenor with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Mamma Mia, Che Vò Sapé?”, a beautiful Neapolitan song written by the Italian composer Emanuele Nutile (1862-1932) in 1900, with lyrics by his fellow Neapolitan Ferdinando Russo (November 25, 1866 – January 30, 1927). From the 1949 Technicolor American musical romance film “That Midnight Kiss” starring Mario Lanza (in his first leading role) and Kathryn Grayson.
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Maria Callas sings Rondò finale of La Cenerentola (Rossini)

Maria Callas sings the Rondò finale (“Nacqui all’affanno” “Non più mesta…”) of Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola, an operatic dramma giocoso in two acts. The North German Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georges Prêtre. Recorded at the Musikhalle Hamburg (currently The Laeiszhalle) on March 16, 1962.
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Rossini – Stabat mater (hr-Sinfonieorchester, MDR Rundfunkchor, Orozco-Estrada)

Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) and MDR Rundfunkchor (The Radio Choir of Leipzig, one of the oldest radio choirs in the world) perform Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater, a musical work based on the traditional structure of the Stabat Mater for chorus and soloists. Recorded during the Rheingau Musik Festival 2015 on Jne 28, 2015 at the Kloster Eberbach (Eberbach Abbey). Soloists: Marina Rebeka, Soprano; Marina Comparato, Mezzo-soprano; Michele Angelini, Tenor; Marco Spotti, Bass.
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Voix haute: Jaroussky and Rial, Ensemble Artaserse

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and Spanish soprano Nuria Rial sing Baroque era arias from Handel, Strozzi, Ferrari and Caccini. Orchestra: Jaroussky’s own Early Music Ensemble L’Ensemble Artaserse.
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Wagner – Lohengrin overture (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado)

Conducted by Claudio Abbado, one of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performs the overture of Lohengrin, WWV 75, a Romantic opera in three acts composed and written by the German composer Richard Wagner. Recorded at the Lucerne Culture and Convention Center during the Lucerne Festival on June 23, 2013.
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Triumphal March from Aida (Verdi)

Perhaps the best-known triumphal march: from the the second act of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1871 grand opera, Aida (sometimes spelled Aïda). This great opera was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House (which was built on the orders of the Khedive Ismail to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal) on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew.
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Victoria de los Ángeles sings “Una voce poco fa” (The Barber of Seville)

Spanish operatic lyric coloratura soprano Victoria de los Ángeles sings “Una voce poco fa” (English: A voice a little while ago) of Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa in two acts, “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). From the BBC Telecast in 1962.

Special thanks to Gladys Abulafia Alhanati who made me discover that great performance.
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