Category Archives: Opera

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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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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