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    Default BEL CANTO. Arias list. Best composer, arias, operas, singers?

    Do you like Bel canto?
    I tried to make a short list about the best Bel canto’s arias (and some choruses). In this list there are only arias from Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, the great Bel canto composers.

    Do you agree with the list? Is there missing some of the great arias? What are yor favorite arias? What are your favorite operas? Who is the best composer from Bel canto? What are your favorite Bel Canto’s singers? What operas do you recommend?

    ROSSINI:

    1813 TANCREDI Di tanti palpiti
    1813 ITALIANA languir per una bella
    cruda sorte
    1814 TURCO2 Non si da follia maggiore
    1816 BARBIERIEcco ridente in cielo
    Largo al factotum
    Una voce poco fa
    La calunnia è un venticello
    A un dottor della mia sorte
    cessa di piu resistere
    1816 GAZZETTA co sta grazia sta portata
    1816 OTELLO Assisa a pie d'un salice
    1817 CENERENTOLA Una volta c'era un re
    Sì, ritrovarla io giuro, aria di Ramiro
    1817 GAZZA LADRA Bravo, ma quel piacer che adesso
    Accusata di furto
    1818 MOSE Mi manca la voce
    Dal tuo stellato soglio
    1819 ERMIONE Sul lido di Agamennone
    Sei vendicata
    1823 SEMIRAMIDE ah dove il cimento
    Bel raggio lusinghier
    1829 GUGLIELMO TELL Selva opaca
    Resta immobile
    O muto asil del pianto

    BELLINI:

    1830 I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI E serbato a questo acciaro
    Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio
    1831 NORMA casta diva
    guerra guerra
    deh non volerli vittime
    1831 SONNAMBULA prendi l'anel ti dono
    a non credea mirarti
    a non giunge
    1835 PURITANI A te, o cara
    Son vergin vezzosa
    Qui la voce sua soave
    Vieni fra queste braccia
    credeasi misera

    DONIZETTI:

    1830 ANNA BOLENA Al dolce guidami
    Coppia iniqua
    1831 L'ELISIR D’AMORE Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!
    Come Paride vezzoso
    Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera duetto
    Una furtiva lagrima
    prendi per me sei libero
    1833 LUCREZIA BORGIA Com’e bello
    T'amo qual ama un angelo
    Il segreto per essere felici
    1835 MARIA STUARDA Ah! Quando All'ara Scorgemi
    Era D'amor L'immagine''
    Deh! L'accogli'' - ''Morta Al Mondo
    1835 LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Regnava nel silenzio
    Oh, giusto cielo!...Il dolce suono
    Fra poco a me ricovero
    1837 ROBERTO DEVEREUX vivi ingrato
    quel sangue versato
    1840 FILLE DU REGIMENT. Le camarade est amoureux
    Par le rang et l’opulence, Salut a la France
    1840 LA FAVORITA Una vergine, un angel
    Vieni Amor a piedi tuoi
    1842 LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX Oh luce di quest'anima
    1843 DON PASQUALE Cercheró lontana terra
    Com'è gentil la notte a mezzo aprile
    Tornami a dir che m'ami


    My favorite arias are Cruda sorte, Una voce poco fa, Assisa a pie d’un salice, Dal tuo stellato soglio, ah dove il cimento, selva opaca, prendi l’anel ti dono, casta diva, a te o cara, una furtiva lagrima, prendi per me sei libero, com’e bello, fra poco a me ricovero, una vergine un angel, cercherò lontana terra.
    My favorite operas: L’italiana in Algieri, Semiramide, Guglielmo Tell, Norma, I puritani, L’elisir d’amore and Lucia di Lammermoor.
    My favorite singers: Kraus (The very best!!), Pavarotti, Merritt, Aragall, Carreras, Bruson, Sutherland, Caballé, Horne, Larmore...
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    1813 - 2013 Verdi and Wagner 200 years

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    Sort of off-topic, but related, I wanted to post my favorite explanation of Bel canto (although it is a bit of a non-explanation, I still like it):

    Part 1:


    Part 2:

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    OMG you left out Comte Ory completely! Have you never listened to it? It's pan galactic gargle blaster ... get the Glyndebourne version with Marc Laho, Jane Shaulis and Annick Massis, you won't regret it ... and you have to have Viaggio a Reims as well although they have much of the same music, just because the sextet in Viaggio a Reims is not duplicated in Ory unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    just because the sextet in Viaggio a Reims is not duplicated in Ory unfortunately.
    and because medaglie incomparabili is so funny if sung by the right person.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    OMG you left out Comte Ory completely! Have you never listened to it? It's pan galactic gargle blaster ... get the Glyndebourne version with Marc Laho, Jane Shaulis and Annick Massis, you won't regret it ... and you have to have Viaggio a Reims as well although they have much of the same music, just because the sextet in Viaggio a Reims is not duplicated in Ory unfortunately.
    I haven't listened to Viaggio a Reims and to Comte Ory yet... Thank you for your recommandations Guythegreg, I write them in my wish list,hehe!

    In my Rossini's list are too: Zelmira, Elisabetta, Armida and L'assedio di Corinto. I've listened to La scala di seta and l'occasione fa il ladro, but in my opinion in these operas there are no great arias. By the way, L'occasione fa il ladro is a very funny opera, and the storm scene is almost the same as in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
    Between the operas by Donizetti I could recommend Il diluvio universale, a strange opera but very nice, the preghiera "oh Dio di pietà" are similar as Mose's "Dal tuo stellato soglio" by Rossini (these songs remember me the beginnig of Samson and Dalila by Saint-Saens), and the aria "Dio tremendo onnipossente" is good as well, remmarkable the final scene with the tremendous storm.
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    Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini = Bel Canto . Verisimo opera = Can Belto .

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    I love bel canto and have a whole youtube list of all my favourite extracts: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...eature=mh_lolz

    Nearly 200 tracks and still going - I notice that there are some in your list that I have yet to get to, but what can you expect? Donizetti alone wrote over 70 operas, there's so much material to get through.

    Does anyone else consider Meyerbeer as a bel canto master, by the way? I have seen some material bracketing him with the other three, but I'm not super familiar with his work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattExcell View Post
    Does anyone else consider Meyerbeer as a bel canto master, by the way? I have seen some material bracketing him with the other three, but I'm not super familiar with his work.
    Meyebeer is often called the love-child of Rossini and Wagner, but I'm not sure. Don't we usually keep the French out of these things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    Meyebeer is often called the love-child of Rossini and Wagner, but I'm not sure. Don't we usually keep the French out of these things?
    When I think of Meyerbeer, I think more of grand opera than bel canto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini = Bel Canto . Verisimo opera = Can Belto .
    The old ones are the best ones,eh?
    Fools talk because they have to say something, wise men talk because they have something to say.

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    This is the third time this subject has appeared in the last year.But I'll repeat what I said last time there is no such thing as a bel canto opera,bel canto is a way of singing,the operas of Rossini and Donizetti are examples of florid singing.
    "Bel canto is a mellifluos type of singing aimed at an agreeable,well rounded tone ,an even scale from top to bottom,an unbroken legato,a nicety of intonation,an eloquence of phrase and cadence,a purity of vowels,an avoidance of shouting,nasality,harsh or open sounds,disjointed registers,undue vehemence or any other evidence of vulgarity or bad or negligent schooling."
    Henry Pleasants, "The Great Singers".
    Joan Sutherland and Montserrat Caballe are examples of bel canto type singers.
    But presumably any opera even Wagner can be sung in a bel canto way.
    One of the best examples that I have is John McCormack singing 'De miei bollenti spiriti' from "La Traviata".
    As far as Meyerbeer is concerned,you can hear one of the greatest bel canto singers ,Margarethe Siems,singing 'O beau pays' from "Les "Huguenots" in German--- but you can't have everything! 1910 recording.
    Fools talk because they have to say something, wise men talk because they have something to say.

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